The trio of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga have made history by being the first Nigerians to qualify for the Winter Olympics but what do you know about them?

They have been in the news since November 2017 when they completed five races in Utah, Whistler and Calgary to qualify for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Adigun, Onwumere and Omeoga have been celebrated by the likes of Beats by Dre, Serena Williams and were even featured on prime American talk show, The Ellen Show.

But what do we know about them, we take a look at their brief individual bios.

Seun Adigun

Based in America just like her two other teammates, Adigun was born in Chicago, Illinois where she grew up.

She started out as was a field athlete and represented Nigeria in the 100 metres hurdles. She won a medal for Nigeria at the 2010 African Athletics Championship in Nairobi.

She also competed at the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The 31-year-old who is the driver of the team is credited to be the founder of the Nigeria bobsled team after she retired from track and field.

She tried out for the USA Bobsled team and made it and by this time her enthusiasm for the sport grew. In November 2016, she started the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria.

She also has a dual degree, a Doctorate of Chiropractic and a Masters of Science in Sports Science.

Ngozi Onwumere

Ngozi Onwumere who is a brakeman in the team was born in Mesquite, Texas. Before she was introduced to bobsled, Onwumere was already a sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.

She won a gold medal for Nigeria in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2015 All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo alongside Blessing Okagbare, Lawretta Ozoh and Cecilia Francis.  She also competed at the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.

The 26-year-old has a University degree from the University of Houston where she was first recruited to the school’s Track and Field programme as a sprinter and jumper back in 2009 by Seun.

Akuoma Omeoga

 

Omeoga was born in St. Paul Minnesota-born to parents from Abia State and the youngest of four girls.

Her journey into sports started at the University of Minnesota where she was recruited to the school's Track and Field programme.

She was introduced to bobsled by Seun after they met through a mutual friend at a BBQ restaurant.