Houston celebrates historic run for Nigerian women's bobsled team at Olympics


HOUSTON – The Winter Olympics have come and gone, but on Wednesday, Houston celebrated the historic run for the women's Nigerian bobsled team.

They were the first-ever African bobsled team to compete in the Olympics.

When they spoke Wednesday, the trip made it clear they want their accomplishments to help leave an impact on the world.

"We have been thriving off going day to day, but in the end we want to continue to make an impact on the world and build a federation that makes it easier for future athletes," Onwumere said.

"The team not only represented Africa in the 2018 Winter Games, they represented Houston and we couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments," Houston Sports Authority CEO, Janis Burke, said.

The trio is also from the Houston area, with two graduating from the University of Houston.

The event took place at the UH Alumni Center.

The team, Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere, were in attendance.

They said their favorite memories of the Games were walking out during the Opening Ceremony while holding the Nigerian flag, their first race in Park City and their final race at the Games.

"I want to inspire others to never be limited by fear of the unknown. Just open the door and take on whatever is on the other side," Adigun said.

Adigun and Onwumere are both UH graduates.