A trio of Nigerian women made bobsled, African and Olympic history in Calgary.
Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the final two of five required qualifying races at Calgary’s Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park on Wednesday, to earn a spot in the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
They are the first African team to qualify for an Olympic bobsled event and will be the first athletes to represent Nigeria at a Winter Olympic Games.
All three bobsledders are accomplished track and field athletes in the United States, where all three live and train in Houston, Texas.
In track, Adigun represented Nigeria in the 2012 London Olympics as a hurdler, Onwumere won two medals at the 2015 All-African Games and Omeoga has represented the University of Minnesota in various NCAA events.
In the early days of their bobsled training, the trio built a wooden version of a …