Nigeria’s Bobsled Team Historic Participant at the 2018 Winter Olympics Calls for Celebration!

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They made history among everything else. The team of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga, representing Nigeria at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and recorded the best time of 52.21 in their appearance.

The girls who are the first female Africans to compete in the sport of bobsled at the winter Olympics finished in the 20th position in both their first two runs.

Chisom Mbonu-Ezeoke, Communications Director of Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (BSFN), described the girls reaching a new personal best time as something that calls for celebration.

Yes, it calls for a celebration. All other competitors on the track had been participating in bobsled event for the past five to seven years, and our athletes are less than a year in the game.
Besides, the sled our athletes used were not the sophisticated type compared to the one used by other competitors. Tomorrow (today), they will hit the track for their final appearance, and our message to them is to make sure they don’t crash. If they can finish the race the way they did today (yesterday), we will be very happy.

In their first heat yesterday at the Sliding Center in Pyeonchang, Nigeria’s two-woman bobsled team finished 20th position in a race won by United States of America duo of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauran Gibbs in 50.52. While in their second heat, the Nigerian team also finished 20th in 52.55, which was slower than their first race.

 

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