Nigerian Ladies Excited After Historic Qualification For Winter Olympics

Nigeria bobsled women qualify for Winter Olympics

They finished No. 5 this week in Calgary, and will represent their country in South Korea.

That's why nations like Germany, Russia, Norway, and the United States have the largest collection of Winter Olympic medals, according to TheRichest.com.

Nigeria may be within grasp of an historic first ever appearance in the winter Olympics, but the three members of the Super Eagles women's bobsleigh team have bigger goals than simply qualifying to race next year in Pyeongchang.

They crowd-funded the $150,000 (130,000 euros, £114,000) required to train and compete and through a mixture of savvy marketing and publicity have developed a strong online profile that has helped attract sponsorship from Visa and sportswear manufacturer Under Armour.

I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women.

"Their hard work was inspiring and I hope Nigerians can appreciate what it took for them to achieve this - the work, the discipline, and the personal sacrifices".

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Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to flawless their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed "The Maeflower". "They should be very proud, and I am very proud of them". He now is the president of the Senegalese Ski Federation.

American Olympic favorite Lolo Jones also made the jump from track to bobsled in the Olympic games.

He spent thousands of dollars on phone calls trying to get approval from Ethiopian sports authorities before they finally gave him permission to participate in the 2006 Torino Games.

Make no mistake, this is not "Cool Runnings II", a sequel to the Jamaican bobsleigh team's winter fantasy immortalised in the Hollywood hit movie.

"Although I am spearheading the team, this movement has grown to be far larger than me or any one person".

Going from zero to 90 miles per hour - the average speed of an Olympic bobsled - was not an easy feat.

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