Winter is here and Nigeria is well represented at the Olympics 2018, in PyeongChang South Korea, these four women, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Simidele Adeagbo (the queen of Skeleton), have worked so hard to be leading the world’s largest black nation in Bobsleigh and Skeleton sport – a winter sport. Three of the women are participating in Bobsleigh, while Simidele solely represents Nigeria in the Skeleton game. Ms Simidele is the first African woman in the world to be participating in the Skeleton game at Olympics, no wonder she is fondly called the Queen of Skeleton. The Olympic officially opened on Friday, 9th of February.
Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down, at high speeds. Unlike other sliding sports of Bobsleigh and Luge, the race always involves single riders. Like bobsleigh, but unlike luge, the race begins with a running start from the opening gate at the top of the course. The sport (and the sled) were named from the bony appearance of the sled.
Simidele will be competing for the Gold medal from tomorrow, Monday, 12 February, to Thursday 15th of February, against representatives from Great Britain, who has the current champion, and the United States of America, the second highest gold medallist in the sport. On the other hand, the Bobsleigh team will begin their game from Thursday 15th till 24th of February.
Simidele Adeagbo represents a new generation of African leaders with a responsibility to shatter ceilings, open doors and pave the way for future generations. She’s been a lifelong athlete and dominant force, gracefully leaping her way into record books and now blazing trails in winter sports. While competing at the University of Kentucky, she was a four time All-American and school record holder in the triple jump. She was consistently nationally ranked and was a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials finalists in the triple jump, narrowly missing a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. She’s made the successful transition from sand to ice as Nigeria’s first female Skeleton athlete. When she’s not sliding down ice tracks, she’s a creative force, visionary, business leader, world traveler and Africa Aficionado. As the first Black & African female Skeleton Olympian, she wants to be an example and inspire others by showing them what’s possible. She wants to change the conversation and the narrative on women and believe it’s time for the world to see strong, smart, vivacious, courageous, beautiful and ambitious women unapologetically blazing a trail in sports.
For over a decade, while pursuing her athletic endeavors, Simidele has also led a successful and notable career at Nike Inc., where she is currently an ambassador and a Marketing Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has extensive experience managing a diverse range of businesses and a strong track record leadership. Her professional obligations require 40-50 hour work weeks and occasional business travel. Despite these professional obligations, Simidele remains fully determined and committed to her personal goals, always finding the time, energy and motivation to train.
We wish you all the best Simi and the wonderful team representing Nigeria- you all make us proud.