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This Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Just Made Winter Olympics History!

This Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Just Made Winter Olympics History!

Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to flawless their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed "The Maeflower".

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

Nigerians have had success in the Summer Olympics in the past but no Nigerian, male or female, has ever competed in the Winter Olympics.

The similarities to the fictional story of the Jamaican team qualifying are remarkable. Driver Seun Adigun, brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga all live in America and started out desperately short of funds.

Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to flawless their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed 'The Maeflower.' Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter GamesPyeongChang 2018, they established acrowdfundingwebsite hoping to raise themuch-needed funds to get to PyeongChang. Their perseverance has also earned them a spot on Team Visa, top worldwide sponsors of the Olympic Games.

They finished No. 5 this week in Calgary, and will represent their country in South Korea.




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.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria", Adigun told ESPN. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang2018 will be the first time she is representing Nigeria.

Several African tropical nations have participated in the Winter Olympics, though, none of them have ever won a medal.

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

Senegalese skier Lamine Guèye was the first ever black African participant in the event, competing in 1984. He said: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".