Women become first Nigerian qualifiers, African bobsledders at Winter Games

Nigerian Women Become Africa's First Olympic Bobsled Team

That's why nations like Germany, Russia, Norway, and the United States have the largest collection of Winter Olympic medals, according to TheRichest.com.

Three women from Nigeria will compete in the women's bobsled, becoming the first athletes from Africa to qualify for the Olympics in the sport. Three bobsleistki from Nigeria, which turned out to take care of him Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuma Omega successfully passed the last of the fifth qualifying race needed to qualify for the Olympics.

Nigerians have had success in the Summer Olympics in the past but no Nigerian, male or female, has ever competed in the Winter Olympics. They initially had to raise finances through a GoFundMe to buy a sled and at first practised with a homemade wooden sled.

Solomon Ogba, president of the newly-formed Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (yes, that's a real thing), was understandably made up for the girls.

"I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women". "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them".

Driver Simidele Adeagbo, who is also from Nigeria, is two races away from securing another spot at the games for the country, for the Skeleton competition.

Robel Teklemariam, from Ethiopia, had no initial backing on the pursue of his Olympic dream.

The qualification of Nigeria - where temperatures are now upwards of 35 degress Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) - has inevitably drawn comparisons with Jamaica's participation in the 1988 Games in Calgary, Canada, which led to the 1993 Hollywood film "Cool Runnings".

The Jamaican team has competed six more times in the Olympics since making their debut and the Nigerian team will look to build a program just as Jamaica did. Their perseverance has also earned them a spot on Team Visa, top worldwide sponsors of the Olympic Games. Bobsledders from around the world gave them guidance and support.

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