Winter Olympics: Simidele Adeagbo makes history as she qualifies for Women’s Skeleton
By Sewe Ishola,
The number of Nigeria’s representatives at this year’s Winter Olympics has increased as Simidele Adeagbo officially qualifies to compete in the sport of Women’s Skeleton.
Simidele will be the first Nigerian and African female athlete to compete in the Olympics in the sport. On an even larger scale, Simidele will also be the first Black female athlete to compete in the Skeleton in the Winter Olympics. Her qualification came after she completed 5 required races.
Her journey into Skeleton started when she heard about the history-breaking Nigerian bobsled team, so, she decided to go for a trial in August and was successful.
According to her website, Simidele made history in her 5th and 6th races, becoming the first ever African Skeleton athlete to place in the top 3 and be represented on the podium in international competition.
Nigeria’s bobsled team comprising of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, and Ngozi Onwumere also made history when they qualified for the Winter Olympics holding in PyeongChang, South Korea.