Former U of H track star qualifies for Olympic bobsledding

Former U of H track star qualifies for Olympic bobsledding

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"I was inspired to start the Nigerian Women's Bobsled team in hopes of being the first ever African representative, men or women, to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in the sport of Bobsled", she said. They're there to earn some hardware.

Worldwide TOP Partner Visa has welcomed to its team three additional athletes who make up the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team, now training to become the first-ever African representatives, men or women, to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games in the sport of bobsleigh.

Last December, the team had to resort to crowdfunding to back their ambitions of reaching the Winter Olympics. Well, they got some help, first from supporters on GoFundMe and then later from Visa, which signed them this week.

Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, was understandably thrilled at the achievement, saying via a media statement: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women".

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Their trio obtained the ticket to 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea after completing their fourth and fifth races in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday. They were wonderful throughout this journey. "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them".

American Olympic favorite Lolo Jones also made the jump from track to bobsled in the Olympic games. Onwumere won two medals as a sprinter at the 2015 African Games, and Omeoga was a sprinter at Minnesota. He now is the president of the Senegalese Ski Federation.

The story of the team reminds numerous 1993 movie "Cool Runnings" which was loosely based on the story of the Jamaica national bobsled team making their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The team, consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, Freddy Powell and Chris Stokes, became very popular not only because of their provenance, but also because of their lack of experience going down a bobsled track.

"Obviously, the bigger goal is to just be as competitive as we can and obviously shoot for the podium". The Olympic debutants were inspiration for the comedy film Cool Runnings (1993), one of the most popular sports films of recent decades.

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