Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Makes History Qualifying For The 2018 Winter Olympics

Faith Castro
November 20, 2017

Adigun started a GoFundMe campaign past year to raise $75,000 to fund the team's Olympic bid.

Reaction to their qualification in Nigeria was largely one of surprise, with many people unaware the football-mad country even had a bobsled team.

"When we first heard their story we recognized the collective spirit of these athletes as a flawless fit for Team Visa", said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa.

Three women representing Nigeria became the first-ever African bobsled team to qualify for the Olympics, and the country's first-ever representatives at the Winter Olympics, when they finished their required fifth qualifying race in Calgary today.

The 30-year-old told U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN that the achievement was a "huge milestone" for Nigerian sport.

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"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed", she added. They had to raise $75K (£57K) online to pay for their sled, equipment, and expenses.

The women of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team join Team Visa's diverse roster of athletes, which includes: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Chloe Kim (USA), Gus Kenworthy (USA), Hilary Knight (USA), Oksana Masters (USA), Mark McMorris (Canada), Lee Sang-Hwa (South Korea) and Kamil Stoch (Poland). "I made a decision to accept this responsibility and recruited two wonderful young women, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, as my brakemen". He said: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".

"Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this", said BSFN president Solomon Ogba.

Isaac Menyoli, the first person to represent Cameroon at the Winter Olympics, had to create a national skiing federation in order to compete in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. They were wonderful throughout this journey.

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