Bobsled team from Nigeria making Winter Olympics history

KUSA - For the first time in Olympic history, Nigeria will be represented in the Winter Games. 

Nigeria's newly-formed women's bobsled team has just qualified for the bobsled event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races on Wednesday, becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category. 

In women's bobsled, teams are required to complete five races to qualify. 

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"This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria," driver Adigun said in a KweséESPN report. "Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria." 

Driver Adigun helped to create the bobsled team in December 2016. 
It is based in Houston. 

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Adigun, isn't new to Olympic competition, she was a 2012 Summer Olympian competing in the 100m hurdles in London. 

She is also a former African 100m hurdles champion. 

"Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed," she told KweséESPN. 

According to the KweséESPN report, Nigeria could secure another spot at the Games. 
Simidele Adeagbo is just two races away from qualifying for the Skeleton competition.

The Winter Olympics begin February 8 with curling and ski jumping competitions before the opening ceremony. 

The opening ceremony is February 9.

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