This past Wednesday, the Nigerian two-person bobsled team became the first African team to ever qualify for a Winter Olympics in this particular event. To be able to make history for their country is a dream come true for these former track athletes. This qualification will also make them the first Winter Olympics team to represent the West African nation!
Nigeria will make a Winter Olympics debut after Visa picked up sponsorship of the Women's Bobsled Team to Pyeongchang 2018.
Pilot Seun Adigun, and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere & Akuoma Omeoga have become a part of Team Visa who "recognized their collective spirit" as a brand fit. pic.twitter.com/eKp8sYOPOH— Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade) November 15, 2017
Adigun, who represented Nigeria in the 100-meter dash at the 2012 Olympics, along with Onwumere and Omeoga, completed five of five required qualifying races in Calgary on Wednesday, setting them up for the 2018 Winter Games.
It comes as a shock to many fans of the team and athletes individually, that they have been able to accomplish such a feat, considering they are in fact representing a warm climate country and the sport, for lack of better words, is designed for anything but that. In a recent interview with ABC News, shared to one of the women's Instagram account, the ladies discuss how they do in fact host the majority of their training in the warm climate.
Fans and general supporters are just excited for the women to compete and are enthralled by their efforts, making history for women, for people of color and for their beloved Nigeria!
"Cool Runnings 2 Nigeria." https://t.co/Q8CSvc2ItE— Mikhail Tavernier (@mjtfreeze) November 16, 2017
Congrats to former @UHCougarTF star Seun Adigun and her Nigerian Bobsed teammates...first bobsled team from Africa, male or female, to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Fantastic! pic.twitter.com/AWgxoyQdvM— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) November 16, 2017
Nigeria has a bobsled team.... this country continues to amaze me! 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬— Folaju O (@GeekySneaks) November 16, 2017
Congratulations to these three amazingly gifted young, female athletes for bringing greater pride to their home country, and bringing joy to the hearts of young women athletes of the world; your existence is proof that Black Girls do indeed ROCK!