Nigeria women on brink of Winter Olympics bobsled qualification

Alfred Osborne
November 19, 2017

The Nigerian women's bobsledding team have set the minds of every film company hack racing towards Cool Runnings 2 by qualifying for next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"When we first heard their story we recognized the collective spirit of these athletes as a flawless fit for Team Visa", said Chris Curtin, chief brand and innovation marketing officer at Visa.

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.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria", team captain Adigun told 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".

Adigun, who ran in the 2012 Olympics and is now also eligible for the World Cup of You Go Girl, spearheaded the project and recruited her other two teammates in 2016.

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Last December, the team had to resort to crowdfunding to back their ambitions of reaching the Winter Olympics.

Fighting freezing winds, bone-breaking speed and up to five g-force, the Nigerian women's bobsleigh team are training hard in western Canada.

Reaction to their qualification in Nigeria was largely one of surprise, with many people unaware the football-mad country even had a bobsled team. He said: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women". They also will be the first Nigerian athletes ever to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga will not be heading to February's games just to be a feelgood side story, they are looking for a medal.

Senegalese skier Lamine Guèye was the first ever black African participant in the event, competing in 1984. If they have any success at all, the cameras across the world will be there to capture and post their journey step by step.

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