Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga made history in 52.21 seconds on Tuesday, finishing their first run in the women’s bobsled to become the first athletes from an African nation to compete in bobsled.
It was much more than 52 seconds — the training and sacrifices go back much further than that — but it was a special stretch of time for Adigun and Omeoga. They celebrated at the bottom of the hill.
Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga followed fellow Nigerian Simidele Adeagbo, who competed in the skeleton on the same track less than one week ago.
The two former track athletes — Adigun ran at in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 Olympics and Omeoga sprinted at the University of Minnesota — have the speed, but are still working on some technical aspects of the sport.
They will compete in the second day of women’s bobsled competition on Wednesday.
Seun Adigun, who hurdled for Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, is attempting to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics as a bobsled pilot. No African nation has ever raced in Olympic bobsled. No athlete has ever competed for Nigeria at a Winter Olympics.
Seun Adigun was born 1/03/1987. Adigun discovered bobsled by watching “Cool Runnings.” She watched the sport on television for the first time during the 2014 Olympics. She served as an assistant coach for the track and field program at the University of Houston. She is currently studying at the Texas Chiropractic College.
What happens to the team afterwards?
Win or lose, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to host the team at a special reception, sending the message:
“You are winners already.”