Nigerian women's bobsled team makes Winter Olympics history

Nigeria women's bobsled team Driver Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga

Nigeria women's bobsled team Driver Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga

Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang. Driver Seun Adigun, brakemen Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth out of the five required qualifying races on Wednesday and became the first African team ever to qualify in the bobsled category, ESPN reported.

The story of the team reminds numerous 1993 movie "Cool Runnings" which was loosely based on the story of the Jamaica national bobsled team making their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics. "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", Adigun told KweséESPN.

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Nigerians have had success in the Summer Olympics in the past but no Nigerian, male or female, has ever competed in the Winter Olympics.

These three women may not be Nigeria's only Olympians in 2018.

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The Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria took to social media beaming with pride at the news."Ecstatic to say the least". He said: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women". They were fantastic throughout this journey. "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them". But for Omeoga, the Winter Games in PyeongChang will be her first outing for Nigeria. Adigun who actually conceived the idea, and went on to recruit her other team members, described the project as a hard one, but also as one of the most impactful things she will ever initiate.

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