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Meet Simidele Adeagbo, First African Female Skeleton Competitor In Olympics

Simidele Adeife Omonla Adeagbo is a Nigerian skeleton racer who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. She was born on July 29, 1981. She represents Nigeria and all of Africa as the first female skeleton athlete.

She was the first ever black female Olympian, representing her sport. She won the women’s mono bob event at the 2022 EuroCup, which was held by Germany. She therefore became the first athlete from Africa to win a major sled race, making history. Prior to the skeleton, Sinmidele participated in the triple jump; his most recent performance was in 2008.

Early Life and Career

Sinmidele was born on July 29, 1981, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Nigerian parents; but moved back to Nigeria when she was an infant before leaving at age 6. She had a major part of her education in the United States where she attended the University of Kentucky.

Career

Sinmidele, who had served as Serena Williams’ Nike body double with the introduction of the Nike uniform. She has been a marketing manager for Nike in South Africa since 2012. On August 18, 2018, Adeagbo gave a presentation at the Muson Centre as part of the TEDxLagos highlight event, which was attended by a large audience. She shared the platform with individuals including media personality Banky W, award-winning scientist Ade Olufeko, attorney Supo Shasore, and curator of fine arts Tokini Peterside.

Sports Career

Sinmidele first participated in track and field competitions in high school. She gave up participating in track and field in June 2008. She was 8 inches short of being eligible for the Olympics at the time. She was a four-time NCAA All-American and held the record for the triple jump at the University of Kentucky.

Sinmidele became interested in skeletons after she learnt that the Nigeria bobsled squad was trying to qualify for the Olympics. She made her maiden attempt to join that team in the skeleton sled competition rather than the bobsled at trials in July 2017. She started skeleton in September of last year. Her employer, Nike, sponsored her for the skeleton.

The first Nigerian to compete in the Winter Olympics, Sinmidele represented his country in the sport of skeleton at the 2018 Winter Games. During the 2018 Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony, she carried the Nigerian flag.

Personal Life

There is no information concerning her relationship life. It is however known that her lifestyle revolves around sports. Sinmidele has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, as of December 2017.

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Personal Bests

Track and Field

Event Result Venue Date
Outdoor
100 meters 12.05 (wind: +1.7) Baton Rouge, Louisiana 13 May 2000
100 meters 11.96 (wind: +3.1) Coral Gables, Florida 17 Mar 2001
Long jump 6.20 m A (wind: +0.9 m/s) Eugene, Oregon 19 Jun 2004
Long jump 6.36 m A (wind: +4.9 m/s) Austin, Texas 06 Apr 2001
Triple jump 13.99 m A (wind: +2.0 m/s) Eugene, OR 27 Jun 2008
Indoor
60 meters 7.59 Lexington 13 Jan 2001
Long jump 6.25 m Nampa, Idaho 28 Jan 2005
Triple jump 13.40 m Seattle 28 Jan 2006

Sinmisola Net Worth

Her net worth is unavailable.

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