All You Need To Know About The Nigerian Bobsled Team Going To The Winter Olympics
Three Nigerian women, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga have made history by being the first Africans to ever qualify for the Bobsled winter Olympics. The ladies who were recently on the Ellen Degeneres show revealed how they had transitioned from track and field to Bobsledding.
Adigun who had led the transition said, “To be honest, we’re still learning how to do Bobsled. Imagine taking a sixteen year old who just learned how to drive and throwing them in Daytona.”
We’ve compiled a list of ten things you need to know about these ladies who are once more showing the prowess resident on the continent.
1. They all live in Houston, Texas.
2. Adigun learned that Nigeria had never had any Winter Olympians and then to cap it off, that the continent of Africa had never been represented, man or woman, by any bobsled team. So she thought, ‘Okay, this is obviously something that is gonna hang over my head if I don’t step in and try and do something about it.’ ”
3. Adigun joined the United States Bobsled team as a brakeman in 2015 and about a year later teamed up with Onwumere and Omeoga to form the Nigerian team leading them as their driver.
4. They raised money for their Olympic journey through Crowdfunding and had a major turn around when Visa joined the campaign.
5. They did not have access to proper equipment and their first sled was nicknamed “The Maeflower.”
6. They all have sporting history. Adigun represented Nigeria in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Onwumere won a Silver and Gold medal at the 2015 African Games in Republic of the Congo in the 200m and 4x100m relay, and Omeoga was a sprinter for her schools team during her time at the University of Minnesota.
7. Seun Adigun who leads the team as driver is currently 30 years old.
8. It took them eleven months to raise the $75,000 needed to fund their Olympic Bid.
9. Adigun is currently a chiropractic student studying for a dual degree of a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College and a Masters of Science in Exercise & Health Science University of Houston Clear Lake, Onwumere has background work experience in the mortgage industry and is now a full-time student pursuing a Doctoral degree and Omeoga works as a healthcare recruiter.
10. Onwumere believes that; having two women in the same boat as you gives you a sense of security.
References: SLA, Vanguard NG, People Magazine.