Nigeria women's bobsled team create history by qualifying for 2018 Winter Olympics

Ebony Scott
November 20, 2017

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For the first time in its history, Nigeria will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and it's all thanks to the women's bobsled team.

They took a big step towards that goal this week in Calgary by completing the fifth of their required five qualifying races on the same track the Jamaican bobsled team shot to global fame at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria", team captain Adigun told ESPN, "Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria".

The women of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team join Team Visa's diverse roster of athletes, which includes: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Chloe Kim (USA), Gus Kenworthy (USA), Hilary Knight (USA), Oksana Masters (USA), Mark McMorris (Canada), Lee Sang-Hwa (South Korea) and Kamil Stoch (Poland).

Solomon Ogba, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, lauds the team for their achievement.

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"I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women". They were unbelievable throughout this journey.

Their qualification, make them the first Winter Olympians to represent the West African nation.

"They are all very successful people in their own right - in sports and out of it, and somehow they are still motivated and still push for more success".

"Although I am spearheading the team, this movement has grown to be far larger than me or any one person".

Nigeria officially has its first bobsled team, all thanks to the team's crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe.

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