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Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!

The Winter Olympic dreams for Nigeria’s first-ever bobsled team became a reality on Feb. 9.

The incredible team stepped into the arena during the 2018 Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The bobsled team are composed of athletes Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga, Ngozi Onwumere and Nigerian/Canadian skeleton athlete Simidele Adeagbo.
Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!
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The athletes are the first to compete for the country at the Winter Olympics.

Viewers watching NBC’s primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremony Friday night could barely contain their excitement.
Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!
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This year, more athletes than ever before are competing at the Winter Olympics.

Onwumere carried Nigeria’s flag at the Opening Ceremony, where the 92 are competing countries.

Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!
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The members of the Nigerian bobsled team and Adeagbo had a tough journey to the Winter Olympics.

Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!

The bobsled team formed a GoFundMe in 2016 to aid their journey.

Nigeria’s First-Ever Bobsled Team Has Arrived At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony And People Are Freaking Out!
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Adigun, the bobsled team member who initially formed the GoFundMe, created a wooden sled to train.

She and her teammates paused their careers to pursue their Olympics dreams.

“I can’t wait to get on that stage and give people every ounce of our passion,” Adigun told TIME of competing at the Olympics.

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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