History! Nigeria's Bobsled Team Is Headed To The Winter Olympics

Nigeria bobsled women qualify for Winter Olympics

Like the men from Jamaica who became the inspiration for the movie "Cool Runnings", the Nigerian bobsled team has a track and field background.

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

In an interview with CBC, Adigun revealed the team trained for the Olympics by building their own sled out of wood they bought at a hardware store.

Their qualification, make them the first Winter Olympians to represent the West African nation.

Senegalese skier Lamine Guèye was the first ever black African participant in the event, competing in 1984. "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them". "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them". He now is the president of the Senegalese Ski Federation. But for Omeoga, the Winter Games in PyeongChang will be her first outing for Nigeria.

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".

It's fitting that the American athletes most likely to violate gravity in Pyeongchang this winter will be doing so while dressed up as astronauts, but you don't have to be a quad-corking Olympic shredder to get in on the action.

One of the most popular "underdog" stories of the Winter Olympic Games is that of the Jamaican national bobsleigh team at the 1988 Games in Calgary. 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.

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