Just like the bobsled team, Simidele Adeagbo will be making history as the first African woman representing Nigeria as a Skeleton Athlete at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Skeleton is a single rider winter sport in which an athlete rides a skeleton sled down a frozen track at high speeds while lying face down.
To qualify for the 2018 Olympics, Adeagbo needs to complete five races and she is one race away from her qualification, which is set for January 11, 2018 in Lake Placid, New York.
Simidele, a retired track and field athlete is a four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association All-American and triple jump school record holder.
Her interest in Skeleton was sparked when she heard about the Nigerian bobsled team, so, she decided to go for a trial in August and was successful.
“I want to be an example and inspire others by showing them what’s possible. I want to change the conversation and the narrative on African women and believe it’s time for the world to see strong, smart, vivacious, courageous, beautiful and ambitious African women unapologetically blazing a trail in sports,” she said.