The Nigerian Women's Bobsled Team Are The Superheroes We Need Right Now

The three US-based women are raising funds to get together the equipment and training they need to be the first African bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are about to get a hell of a lot cooler, thanks to the hopeful addition of a women's bobsled team representing Nigeria.

And before you ask, yes, they are aware of the many, many Cool Runnings references that are sure to be made during the run-up to the Olympics.

All three of the women are runners based in the US and are clearly ready to bring some swagger to the Winter Games.

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Adigun, who first had the idea to start the team, was born outside of Chicago and has represented Nigeria in international competition since 2009, winning gold at the All-Africa Games and Africa Championships, and even racing in the 2012 Olympics.

She met Dallas-born Onwumere at the University of Houston back in 2009, when Onwumere was joining the track and field team and Adigun was an assistant coach. Omeoga was the final piece to the puzzle, joining up with the others when she moved to Houston this summer.

Adigun says that the team is getting moral support from the Nigerian Olympic Committee, if not funds.

With that in mind, the team has set up a GoFundMe to raise $150,000 needed to equip the team and allow for the training needed to become Olympians in a new sport for all of them.

The women aren't waiting around for the money to roll in though. They've got a lot of work to do in order to be ready to compete and so they've already started their training.

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"Making it to the Olympic Games will be a very pivotal moment in not only the history of Nigeria and African, but also in the sport of bobsled," Adigun wrote. "Everyone is aware of how special this situation is, and we are all in agreement that the foundations of this team need to be solid."

Adigun, currently training in Utah to get a handle on being in the driver's seat, also says she isn't worried about the clock.

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That's because there's not just one race that gets a team into the Olympics, but a number of them that can earn points towards an overall ranking. That, plus finishing races, gives drivers the chance to qualify, bringing the rest of the team along with them.

"There are still races left this season and several next season leading up to the actual Olympic Games," Adigun said. "I will be able to utilize many of these opportunities to qualify, so my timeline to South Korea is still very realistic. "

"This goes far beyond South Korea — this team is being designed to empower more Nigerian and African teams to increase their involvement in the sport of bobsled," Adigun said. "No matter how the cookie crumbles, it will be a win-win for everyone."

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