The post Nigeria's bobsled women first to qualify for Winter Olympics appeared first on Vanguard News. Teamed up with Onwumere, a 2015 African Games medal victor; and Omeoga, she helped Nigeria qualify for South Korea's contest.
Nigerians have had success in the Summer Olympics in the past but no Nigerian, male or female, has ever competed in the Winter Olympics.
In an interview with CBC, Adigun revealed that the trio built their sled - named the Mayflower - at home, out of wood they picked up at the local hardware store. They were awesome throughout this journey.More news: Fox deliberating with multiple buyers for TV, film assets
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Via GoFundMe, they raised their $75,000 target and attracted interest from global brands, with Under Armour and Visa coming sponsoring them. "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them". "I have watched them train and work hard to represent Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in a very technical and high-risk sport and they have achieved that", he said in a statement. This will be the first time the African nation will be represented in the sport at the Winter Olympics.
Given that no African country has ever competed in the Bobsled, they can be pretty sure that they'll be the best ever at that. The team's story revives memories of the Jamaican men's bobsled's team's participation in the 1988 Calgary Games in Canada that inspired the 1993 film Cool Runnings.
"We did a homecoming in April as team to just go and introduce ourselves to the country so people would know we are serious", Adigun said. The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental worldwide advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses.