No snow? No problem for Nigerian bobsled hopefuls
Team is looking to make Olympic history for their country
Nigeria may not have snowy winters, but now they might have a bobsled team.
With all the Cool Runnings jokes ready to go, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga are determined to make history by qualifying for the Pyeongchang 2018 Games.
Adigun is the person leading the charge.
Seun Adigun is spearheading the campaign to take Nigeria to its very first Winter Olympics in South Korea <a href="https://t.co/vE5R3q77XE">https://t.co/vE5R3q77XE</a> <a href="https://t.co/50gvp7OB0n">pic.twitter.com/50gvp7OB0n</a>—@seyitaylor
The dual Nigerian-American citizen, born in Chicago to Nigerian parents, competed for Nigeria at the 2012 London Olympics in the 100-metre hurdles.
Adigun was on CBC's As it Happens on Friday and made it clear the level of dedication the team has.
Tonight, meet Seun Adigun, hoping to make history as a track star-turned-driver on Nigeria's bobsled team. Intvu@7:47pm <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash">#Olympics</a> <a href="https://t.co/hYFomo0ViB">pic.twitter.com/hYFomo0ViB</a>—@cbcasithappens
They even went so far as to build a sled — named the Mayflower — at home out of wood they picked up at the local hardware store so they could train when they wanted to. Listen to the full interview below (Adiguan is interviewed at the 18-minute mark)
That doesn't mean their journey will be without some laughs. How else do you make history and destroy stereotypes?
Meet Nigeria's Bobsled Team. Lead by Nigerian-American Olympian, Dr. Seun Adigun <a href="https://t.co/zLXICEKyGg">pic.twitter.com/zLXICEKyGg</a>—@big_man_joshy
Oh yes, that is All Me by Mr. Toronto himself, Drake. Couldn't think of a better song for this group and it doesn't look like they will be taking no for an answer anytime soon. Hey, maybe Drizzy should be looking to this energetic trio next time he needs some new moves.