Nigerian women become first African bobsled team to qualify for Olympics

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Nigeria bobsled women qualify for Winter Olympics

It's Nigeria's bobsled time!

"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria", Adigun told ESPN.

Three Nigerian women have qualified for the 2018 winter Olympics Bobsled event. "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".

It is the first time in the country's history that it will be represented at the Winter Olympics. "Obviously, the bigger goal is to just be as competitive as we can and obviously shoot for the podium". Adigun is the team's driver, using her skills from track and field competitions to quickly sprint and push the sled at the start of the event. She competed in the 2008 and 2012 summer games as well as the 2014 Olympic winter games.

"I just went for two or three days straight, just hammering and drilling and sawing this wooden sled together", Adigun said past year, calling comparisons to the Jamaican team that competed at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary "honorable". The Nigerian women's bobsledding team have set the minds of every film company hack racing towards Cool Runnings 2 by qualifying for next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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The team ended up funding much of their efforts though a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign, which raised a total of $75,000, including $50,000 from a single anonymous donor.

The ladies went on to Whistler, Canada, for their second track where Adigun and Onwumere, were the only team to complete the first race as other teams could not finish the race.

"Starting the Nigerian Women's Bobsled team was not an easy decision, but I know it will be one of the most impactful things I will ever initiate". They were unbelievable throughout this journey. The success of this bobsled team will positively affect millions of people all over the world and will represent monumental global advancements in social, athletic, and economic statuses.

The women, who were all born and grew up in the United States, have a background in athletics.

Ngozi Onwumere, 25, won gold as part of the 4×100-meter relay team at the All-Africa Games in 2015.

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