Three Nigerian ladies fight cold to make bobsleigh history at Winter Olympics
Without any support from Nigerian government, three amazing Nigerian ladies are on the verge of history as they are just about qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea in a virtually unknown sport in their native African continent – Bobsleigh (also known as bobsled).
Bobsleigh is a race over ice using a long racing sled with steering, brakes, a seat for two or more persons, and two pairs of runners, one in front and one in back. Africa, nay Nigeria has no ice, no winter but the trio of Seun Adigun (driver) and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, all former professional track and field athletes are working hard in the freezing cold milieu of Canada to put their country on the global map; and they are really determined.
“We love our country and we love the sport and we are determined to carry on. We are getting sponsors from individuals, our parents and the general public who believe in us and the story we are telling”, they said on Channels TV Sports programme. Their practice times on the ice run are fast – and they are aiming for a historic first. No bobsleigh team from Nigeria or any country in Africa has competed at the 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, reports the BBC..
The team’s dream is on the verge of coming true. The Nigerian bobsleigh team only needs to complete three more competitions to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Nigerian bobsleigh driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga made the bold decision to form the world’s first all-African bobsleigh team in 2015.
They are now on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.