Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are fighting the freezing winds, bone-breaking speed to bring Nigeria’s name in bobsleighing world which Africa has never contestd in.
Bobsleigh ‘is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled.’
According to BBC The Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team are training hard in western Canada.
Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are all former professional track and field athletes.
Their practice times on the ice run are fast – and they are aiming for a historic first. No bobsleigh team from Nigeria or any country in Africa has competed at the Olympics.
The team’s dream is on the verge of coming true.
The Nigerian bobsleigh team only needs to complete three more competitions to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga took bold decision to form the world’s first all-African bobsleigh team in 2015.
They are now on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.
The team share their thoughts on making history, battling the cold and hurtling down ice for their country.
Seun Adigun is literally driving the initiative to get a Nigerian women’s team on track. She represented Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Games.
Seun Adigun speaking with CBS This Morning last year said “I kind of had Olympic fever again and so this was 2014 and the Winter Olympics was on and I knew quite a few track and field athletes who had transitioned into the winter sports so I figured, ‘You know, I think I could try this,’.
But Adigun, who is based in Texas, ran into a big obstacle.
“We don’t have a sled right now. We’re trying to get one,” Adigun said.
Since launching a GoFundMe page, the team has raised more than $10,000.
In the meantime, Adigun came up with a homemade practice sled called the Mayflower.
“I just went for like two or three days straight, just hammering and drilling and sawing this wooden sled together,” Adigun said.
The story might sound a bit familiar. The tale of the Jamaican bobsled team that overcame long odds to make the 1988 Winter Games was immortalized in the movie “Cool Runnings.”
While Adigun said the movie wasn’t necessarily the inspiration to start a Nigerian bobsled team, the spirit of that Jamaican team is something she hopes to continue.
“These men did something very special. And to be able to have, you know, everyone who’s hearing our story put us on the same line of legacy that these men have created, that’s… that’s really honorable,” Adigun said.