For the first time, Nigeria will be at the Winter Olympics after their women’s Bobsled team qualified for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
The trio of driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga qualified for the 2018 Winter Games having completed five races.
Adigun, Onwumere and Omeoga completed races in Utah, Whistler and their final races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria, 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,” driver Adigun, a former African 100m hurdles champion and 2012 summer Olympian told Kwese Sport.
“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed.“
It’s been a long journey for the trio who in December 2016 set up a gofundme account for people to donate to fund their effort of becoming the first Nigerians at the Winter Olympics.
A year later, they have fulfilled their dreams in addition to also becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category.