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Nigeria Bobsled team: The height of patriotism

These young Nigerians were raised in the United States of America, ordinarily they need not fly Nigerian flag, because they are Americans by birth and Nigerians only in name and colour, but they choose to write the name of Nigeria at Winter Olympics.

These young ladies decided on their own to make history, spent their own money to train themselves, buy equipment and sponsored their own trip to South Korea to represent the Nigeria, the country  of their parents in the Winter Olympics.

The sports they were participating in was not the regular Nigerian sports, it is called Bobsled  or Bobsleigh and it’s a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled. The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score.

The Bobsled team for Nigeria comprises;  Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere — and Nigeria’s history-making skeleton athlete Simidele Adeagbo are the first to showcase  Nigeria at the Winter Olympics, and viewers watching NBC’s primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremony Friday night could barely contain their excitement.

Nigeria do not participate in the winter games apparently for one singular reason, Nigeria do not experience winter

Onwumere carried Nigeria’s flag at the Opening Ceremony, where the 92 competing countries participated in the parade of nations following a performance honoring South Korea’s history and culture. This year, more athletes than ever before are competing at the Winter Olympics, representing more countries than have ever competed in the Winter Games.

The Nigerian bobsled team and Adeagbo are just four athletes making history this year at the Winter Olympics. But the spirit exuded by the bobsled team clearly struck a chord with viewers.

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