Former U of H track star qualifies for Olympic bobsledding

Japan coach Johan de Wit insists there is more to come from his team and said their form so far will not be enough to win gold medals at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

"I was inspired to start the Nigerian Women's Bobsled team in hopes of being the first ever African representative, men or women, to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in the sport of Bobsled", she said.

To put the magnitude of the accomplishment into perspective, there have been 22 Winter Olympics held in 19 cities dating back to 1924. Once the team set their sights on the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, they established a crowdfunding website hoping to raise the much-needed funds to get to PyeongChang.

"Already the support and encouragement we have felt as part of Team Visa has been a dream come true,"said Seun Adigun, driver of the Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team". Brakeman Onwumere competed at the World Relays in the Bahamas a year ago and clinched a Silver and Gold medal at the African Games in Congo Brazzaville in the 200m and 400m relay.

"Ecstatic to say the least!" stated the Bobsled & Skeleton Sports Federation of Nigeria (BSFN).

Today I have been informed that Nigeria for the first time in history will be represented at the winter Olympics. He said: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".

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Adigun, who is also the team's driver, represented Nigeria at the World Championships in Berlin and Daegu in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Their journey to PyeongChang actually began in Houston, with a wooden sled they dubbed "The Maeflower".

It's been 29 years since The Jamaican Bobsled team's historic Olympic debut made history in Calgary.

The team, consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, Freddy Powell and Chris Stokes, became very popular not only because of their provenance, but also because of their lack of experience going down a bobsled track. Bobsledders from around the world gave them guidance and support. The Olympic debutants were inspiration for the comedy film Cool Runnings (1993), one of the most popular sports films of recent decades.


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