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PIONEERING AFRICA’S FIRST BOBSLEIGH TEAM

In high school, the budding Nigerian-American athlete gained fame for her sprinting and hurdling abilities, but Seun Adigun lived with a heart condition called AV nodal reentrant tachycardia that made strenuous activity potentially dangerous. Determined to fulfill her potential and quell loved ones’ fears, Seun had the excess tissue removed from her heart. Once she recovered from the operation, the star athlete settled into a consistent training routine.

Seun showed the world how brightly she could shine when she arrived at the London 2012 Olympic Games to run the 100m hurdles for Team Nigeria. When the Olympic Games were over and her runner’s high dissipated, Seun noticed that many of her comrades shifted their focus to the sport of bobsleigh for the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Seun learned that there wasn’t a single country in Africa with a bobsleigh team. The multitalented sports enthusiast was intrigued.

“Every day, I open a new door to try and understand what it truly means to define impossible.”

In an effort to bring a new sport to Nigeria while helping to build up women in sport globally, Seun recruited former sprinters to her aspirant bobsleigh team. In November 2017, Seun and her team qualified to be the first African bobsleigh team ever to compete at the Olympic Winter Games.

“To me, mobility means maintaining your health. It means being able to move in a manner in which you are kept mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.”