The first African bobsled team starts this year at the Olympics in Pyeongchang – finally! Furthermore, it’s from Nigeria.
The Nigerian bobsled is piloted by Seun Adigun. She founded the first ever Nigerian bobsled team in 2016 and now she represents her home country at the Olympics 2017. Sports seem to run in her blood: Her uncle is the former basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon.
But it’s not the first time Seun Adigun smells olympic air: She participated at Olympics 2012 in 100 metres hurdles. This time she wants to be succeesful together with her teammate Akuoma Omeoga and the substitue Ngozi Onwumere.
There are so many things in this world that I am thankful for…God, family, & friends always top that list. This Thanksgiving those things have been exponentially magnified and I am so grateful. I appreciate these two ladies for taking this unorthodox journey with me and investing in something so much bigger than any one of us. The world will never be the same because of your selflessness @akuomaomeoga & @ngozi.onwumere! 🙏🏾🤗❤🇳🇬 #HappyThanksgiving #ImpossibleIsNothing #IDriveABobsled #NigeriaBobsled #WEWILL @underarmour #TeamUA
The trio lives in the USA.This is also where the team orginates: The story began in a texanian garage a few years ago with a wooden model, now the power women go through 14 to 20 curves within 60 seconds.
“Fear is just a chance to learn something”, says Seun Adigun to a newspaper. It’s a dream come true for her. The whole team is celebrated by the Nigerian community – they are very proud of them. But they are not only celebrated by the Nigerians: The Americans love the trio with their cheeky manner. Thus, they are a real highlight in every US-talkshow or TV spot they appear.
Storys like these inspire more than any medal or record. We are happy to hear that an African bobsled team is represented with the Nigerian trio. We wish them good luck!