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

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

Onwumere won two medals as a sprinter at the 2015 African Games, and Omeoga was a sprinter at Minnesota.

Adigun has prior Olympic experience having competed at the 100m hurdles in London 2012.

Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races on Wednesday, becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category.

Nigeria will be represented at the Winter Olympics for the first time ever, after their women's team qualified for the bobsled event at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.

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"My goal is to get this team representation for this country (Nigeria) and this continent (Africa) at the Olympic Games".

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The President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba was thrilled at the team's qualification.

In an interview with CBC, Adigun revealed the team trained for the Olympics by building their own sled out of wood they bought at a hardware store.

"I just went for two or three days straight, just hammering and drilling and sawing this wooden sled together", Adigun said a year ago, calling comparisons to the Jamaican team that competed at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary "honorable".

Morocco and Algeria, for example, have entered skiers in multiple Olympic Games, while South Africa, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo and Zimbabwe have entered athletes in several past Winter Olympics events, although never in bobsled.

The team, consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, Freddy Powell and Chris Stokes, became very popular not only because of their provenance, but also because of their lack of experience going down a bobsled track.

Going from zero to 90 miles per hour - the average speed of an Olympic bobsled - was not an easy feat.

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