The Nigerian Bobsled team otherwise known as ‘The Ice Blazers’ who just shocked the world to qualify for the winter Olympics caught the attention of one of America’s most popular TV show, Ellen.
The team were guest on the show which aired Monday, December 4. They shared their inspiring story as the first African team to compete for Bobsled medals at the Winter Olympics. It began like a pipe dream for Nigerian Olympian and team pilot, Seun Adigun and her brakemen, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga when they set out to achieve what no other African country has ever attempted before.
In Calgary on Wednesday, November 15, the ladies made international headlines when they completed their fifth required race on the windy ice racks to book a place at the forthcoming 2018 Winter Olympics taking place from February 9 to 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
Their victory has been the subject of media buzz widely-reported in global media platforms such as Time, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Al Jazeera, CNN and BBC. The Nigerian girls have attracted sponsorship support from global brands Visa, Toyota, Under Armour, Lazer, Belton AG and Kwese TV.
It is also understood that there is now a fierce battle among several international organizations who wish to option their film rights. Koye Sowemimo, Head of Sports at leading talent agency, Temple Management Company (TMC), who is responsible for managing the team driver, confirmed the international interests but did not give further details. Aside managing the team driver, TMC is also the exclusive marketing agency for Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria (BSF).
Meanwhile, the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria and Temple Management Company (TMC) has recorded a Temple Music (TMPL) all-star theme song for the inspiring Nigerian Bobsled Team (link below)
IG – @bsfnigeria
Twitter – @BSF_Nigeria
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BSFNigeria/
YouTube – BBC Docu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO0T-KhVJDI
ABOUT THE 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.