Nigerian bobsled pilot, Seun Adigun continues to break new boundaries and set standards after leading three other team members to represent the African country at the recently held Winter, Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
Adigun who also recently bagged a doctorate degree in Chiropractic has now been officially recognized as the first African, both in the male or female categories to compete in both the winter and summer Olympics.
Ayako Ito of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in a message noted that The Olympic Study Centre has confirmed that Seun Adigun is the first ever African athlete to compete in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
It would be noted the African star athlete and bobsled driver is among the only two athletes to be so recognized at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The second being of Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, a taekwondoist turned skier. Adigun and Taufatofua now join a list of elite Summer and Winter Olympians catalogued by online reference site, Wikipedia.
Adigun who represented Nigeria in Athletics at the Summer Olympics and Nigeria in Bobsleigh in 2018 at the Winter Olympics expressed her delight at being bestowed with such a prestigious accolade.
With a strong support system of her management team, Lagos-based pan-African agency, Temple Management Company, she restates her commitment to African excellence. She said, “This is a real-life example of what it means to represent African excellence and a true testament to the fact that impossible is nothing. This milestone is truly a blessing”.
Discussing her preparations for the 2012 Summer Games, Adigun remarked, “My preparations during athletics was driven by the desire to prove to myself that I was capable of competing with the best in the world in the women’s 100 meter hurdles. I wanted to look back on my career as a hurdler and know that despite any limitations or health obstacles, I genuinely gave all that I had to achieving the highest level of competition”.
Adigun further disclosed how she prepared for the winter Games, “The preparations for the winter Games was different in the sense that my passion was driven by my self-less intentions to create positive representation for Nigerians and Africans, globally. That passion was accompanied by several thoughts of fear and anxiety, but it was overcome by God’s grace and the support of everyone who played a part in the journey, no matter how big or small”.
Adigun added that she dedicated myself to creating a legacy that would inspire generations, eternally, and whatever accolades came along the way would be celebrated as blessings.
ABOUT ICE BLAZERS
Seun Adigun is a former sprint hurdler for Nigeria, competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She retired from track after her last Olympic Games to focus on her studies.
While studying, Seun found the urge to get back into sports but took a completely different turn to sprinting on track, by attempting to become the first ever African to compete on the women’s Bobsled circuit.
As the driver, Seun recruited Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere as her break(wo)men for the “ICE BLAZERS,” also known as the Nigeria Bobsled Team.
Seun is pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College while completing a Master’s in Fitness and Human Performance at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Ngozi is also pursuing a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Texas Chiropractic College and Akuoma is a Healthcare Recruiter.
All three ladies have managed to balance their busy superwoman schedules with training and preparation, including practicing at the National Stadium (Lagos, Nigeria) with a bobsled they had built out of wood.
The focus for the team is making Nigeria and the continent of Africa proud by competing at the Winter Olympic Games, South Korea 2018.