Women Of First African Bobsled Team To Qualify For Winter Games Prove They Could Also Win A Dancing Competition
Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere have a lot to be excited about.
The women managed to raise the funds they needed to buy a sled and compete in bobsledding while representing Nigeria. Through hard work and determination, they eventually qualified for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, set to take place in February. And now, they’ve had the chance to meet Ellen DeGeneres. Win. Win. Win.
If that’s not enough to dance about, I don’t know what is, and the ladies sure put on a show when they came out for their interview. While most guests carry a simple two-step to the couch, the Houston natives shoki‘d and popped their way across the stage. They made us want to get up and dance:
And they also shared some really interesting things in their interview about their jourey. The women are all track stars turned bobsledders who, despite their success so far, admit that they are still learning their craft.
“To be honest, we’re still learning how to do bobsled,” said Adigun, who is the team driver. “I, fortunately, have been in the sport for, this will be my third season, but my first season as a driver fully is this one. Imagine taking a 16-year-old who’s just learned how to drive and throwing them in Daytona . It’s one of those things where, yeah, he knows how to drive, but it’s a whirlwind. Like, every time literally I cross the finish line I’m screaming because I’m like, ‘Thank God we survived!'”
The women may still be finding their footing, but their accomplishment of making it this far as the first African country to represent bobsledding in the Winter Games has amassed them a great deal of fans from all over, especially Nigeria, where all of their parents are from.
“Everybody’s going absolutely nuts,” Adigun said. “The crazy thing about it is, most people don’t really understand what bobsled is. Some people are like, ‘This is bobsledge.’ They’re creating all kinds of things. But they don’t care. They just know that the flag is raising high and they’re excited about it.”