Nigeria (and Africa!) will compete at the Winter Olympics, thanks to the Nigeria Women’s Bobsled team, ESPN reports.
Driver Seun Adigun and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed the fifth of their required five qualifying races Wednesday—becoming the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Bobsled category.
The team completed races in Utah, Whistler and their final two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” Adigun tells KweséESPN. “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.
“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed.”
Solomon Ogba, president of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, commends the personal dedication and commitment of the women.
“Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this – the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices. They were amazing throughout this journey,” he says in a statement. “I have watched them train and work hard to represent Nigeria at the Winter Olympics in a very technical and high risk sport and they have achieved that. They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them.”
The federation may also qualify for the Skeleton competition at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, with driver Simidele Adeagbo just two races away from qualifying.