Bobsleigh or bobsled 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. The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score.
Nigeria celebrates as 3 young and talented Nigerian women qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the first Nigerian bobsled team to ever qualify.
The sled team is made up of three amazing women. Seun Adigun- driver, Ngozi Onwumene- brake woman, Akuoma Omeoga- brake woman.
Adigun started a gofund me campaign late last year to raise $75000 to fund their Olympic bid and in 11 months they met their goal. The sled team was formed in 2016. Although they had some surprised reactions from friends and family, they still carried on to form the team.
They made it clear in a recent interview that they may come from different Nigerian tribes but they all represent Nigeria.
This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” driver Adigun told Kwesé ESPN. “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.”
Solomon Ogba, president of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, was thrilled with the team’s achievement and commended the women for their “personal dedication and commitment.” “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. “They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them.”
The Bobsleigh team is already being sponsored by Under Armour and VISA.
The winter Olympics will begin on February 9 and will be broadcasted live across the United States.
Meet Nigeria’s ‘Sleigh Queens’
Seun Adigun- Driver
Ngozi Onwumene- Brake woman
Akuoma Omeoga- Brake woman