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Dinner Table Conversation: What Does It Take to Train for the Winter Olympics?

December 2, 2017
“Nigeria bobsled team” by ObiGrant via Twitter

How do you compete in a winter sport if you’ve never even seen snow? Well, three women from Nigeria are going to make history by being the first women to compete in the Olympics in … wait for it … bobsledding. It has never snowed in Nigeria, but that hasn’t stopped the three determined athletes, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga. Thanks to the generous support of their sponsors and a worldwide fundraising campaign, these three trailblazers raised enough money to train on bare ground in Texas with a wooden sled they call “Mayflower.” No other African nation has competed in the bobsled event, making this a special moment in the country’s sports history.

Although the athletes have come a long way, there is still a lot of work ahead. We wish the team the very best—their persistence is definitely admirable! The next Winter Olympics will be held in South Korea in February 2018.