The Inspirational Women Who Represented Africa at Pyeongchang
On February 9, 2018, Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, Simidele Adeagbo, and Ngozi Onwumere stepped foot in the Olympic Arena for the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea- the first African team to compete in the Winter Olympic Games. Adigun focused primarily on track during her high school years in Evanston, Illinois. She earned a scholarship to the University of Houston, where the joined the women’s track and field team. She ended her collegiate career with a bronze medal finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. After she graduated, she later represented her country of Nigeria in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she ran 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relay. After the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, she began forming an interest in winter sports, particularly bobsledding. She then met the other women of the team through mutual friends. Adigun formed a GoFundMe in 2016, to get support in their journey of making it to the Olympics. Miraculously, they formed the first African team to compete in the Winter Olympic Games.
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You don’t have to join an Olympic team to make a difference. Find something you’re good at and use that to change the world and people around you. Even if you just make one person’s day better, that’s still worth more than you could ever know. So go out into the world, and make a difference!
Words: Kara Faulk
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Nigeria's First Bobsled Team Arrives at the Opening Ceremony. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2018, from http://time.com/5142773/nigerian-bobsled-team-opening-ceremony-winter-olympics-2018/
Athlete Profile - Akuoma OMEOGA. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2018, from https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/bobsleigh/athlete-profile-n3084499-akuoma-omeoga.htm