These Nigerian Former sprinters became the first African team to ever qualify for Olympics in the sport.
It might just be the greatest bobsleigh story to come out of a tropical nation since Cool Runnings.
The Nigerian women’s two-person bobsleigh team made history on Wednesday, becoming the first African team ever to qualify for a Winter Olympics in the event, echoing the 1993 movie starring the late Canadian comedian John Candy about the Jamaican men’s bobsleigh team that competed at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.
It is a dream come true for former sprinters Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, whose ticket to Pyeongchang will make them the first Winter Olympians to represent the West African nation.
Driver Adigun, who represented Nigeria in the 100 metres at the 2012 Olympics, and brakemen Onwumere and Omeoga, completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races in Calgary on Wednesday.
In a recent interview with NBC posted to Onwumere’s Instagram account, the team said most people are surprised to learn that they do the bulk of their training in warm weather.