The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang has come and gone. While the Nigerian bobsled didn’t take home the gold, they took home something worth more.
Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere became the first Olympic bobsled team in history to represent an African nation.
Adigun’s, the driver, interest in bobsledding was peaked after watching Simone Biles, Ibtihaj Muhammad and other black athletes break barriers at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
“I got chills on my skin,” she told HuffPost in December during an event for the team’s partnership with Visa. “I remember how it made me feel seeing them and knowing the molds that were being broken by their perseverance and by their just dominance in whatever sport it was that they were competing in.”
The trio picked up bobsledding skills only 15 months prior to competing. The team wore homeland outfits, made in Nigeria, for both the opening and closing ceremonies.