These athletes had won the games, even before any medals were awarded, solely based on the fact that their achievements have broken ground for future athletes from the continent.
On Tuesday morning, the Nigerian Women’s bobsled team, led by Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga became the first Africans in history to compete in the bobsled competition finishing in 52.1 seconds and landing in 20th place in Heat 1. Enthusiastic supporters from across the globe rooted for the team as they wen on to make Olympic history. They’ll compete again tomorrow in a second round of competitions.
Nigeria’s first ever skeleton racer, Simi Ageagbo made her Olympic debut last week as well, finishing in 20th place after competing in four heats. She made the trip to Pyeongchang just four months after picking up the sport of skeleton racing. She’ll go down as another African athlete who’s helped make winter sports that much more accessible for black athletes.
“Ultimately, my journey is about breaking down barriers for future generations of athletes—especially young women everywhere—who are watching athletes like me push the limits through sport during the Games,” said Adeagbo afterwards.
Watch a snippet of Simi speak with journalists from OkayAfrica and learn more about her story in this video below “60 seconds with Simi.”