A group of Nigerian athletes have a lot to celebrate. Not only are they on par to become the first women’s bobsled team from the continent to compete at the Winter Olympics, but the first bobsled team from the entire continent of Africa period, to compete.
According to The Washington Post, the women are posed to make history just by being a part of the games, no matter the medal won.
“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” Nigerian bobsled team member Seun Adigun told KweséESPN on Friday. Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria. Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed.”
Adigun ran for Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, so she’s no stranger to the demands of top-tier athletic performance. But this will be the professional competitor’s first time making history.
She will be joined by Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga as she competes in this year’s Winter Olympics.
“I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women,” Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton Federation President Solomon Ogba told ESPN. “Their hard work was inspiring, and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this — the work, the discipline and the personal sacrifices. They were amazing throughout this journey.”
Congrats to these amazing young women!