Winter Olympics is exactly one month away and we are rooting for one of the countries representing the African nation to bring a medal to the motherland!
We have our unwavering support for our bobsleigh girls. However, #TeamNigeria is not the only African team to qualify for the Winter Olympics 2018. Kenya, Eritrea, Togo, South Africa and Morocco all have competitors participating in various sports for the Winter Olympics.
So far, thirteen African countries have participated at the Winter Olympic games. The number will increase by one with #TeamNigeria’s bobsled qualification.
Here is a list in the order of when each African country first attended the Winter Olympics. South Africa (1960, 1994-2010), Morocco (1968, 1984-1992, 2010-2014), Senegal (1984, 1992-1994, 2006-2010), Egypt (1984), Algeria (1992, 2006 and 2010), Swaziland (1992), Kenya (1998-2006), Cameroon (2002), Ethiopia (2006-2010), Madagascar (2006), Ghana (2010), Togo (2014), Zimbabwe (2014)
…and team Nigeria (2018)!
The teams are represented by world-class athletes who all reside outside Africa. Check out the teams and their athletes below.
Represented by: Sabrina Simader | Sport: Alpine Skiing
Represented by: Shannon Ogbani Abeda | Sport: Alpine skiing
Represented by: Alessia Afi Dipol and Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean | Sport: Alpine Skiing and Cross country skiing
Represented by: Adam Lamhamedi | Sport: Alpine Skiing
Represented by: Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga | Sport: Bobsleigh
No African country has won a medal at the Winter Olympics. Hopefully come February, 2018 history will be made. The bobsleigh girl’s already made history as the first African team to qualify for bobsleigh and first time Nigeria is participating at the winter Olympics.
The nations parade kicks off on the 9th of February, 2018 with fifteen sports to watch! The games will be on till the 25th of February, 2018. For ticket sales and scheduling, check out the official website here.
Will you be watching the games? We will be glued to our screens; channel 221/2 on DSTV (for Nigeria viewers) and will update you on how each team performed.