Africa's Winter Olympics hopefuls

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Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana practices during Men's Skeleton training forward of a PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 7, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Despite not being famous for their snowy climes, a handful of African nations will be represented during a Winter Olympics, that starts Friday.

CNBC takes a demeanour during some of a African athletes contesting medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Nigeria’s women’s bobsled group is to make a entrance during a 2018 Games. Comprising of Seun Adigun, motorist and founder, and dual brakewomen, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, a 3 athletes — all innate in a U.S. to Nigerian relatives — were formerly successful lane and margin competitors before transitioning to bobsled.

Team personality and motorist Seun Adigun of Nigeria's women's bobsled group training forward of a 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb 7, 2018.

The team’s crowdfunding page for apparatus reached a $75,000 aim in 14 months.

“In all seriousness, we have never not laughed together given we’ve met,” Akuoma pronounced on a Nigerian Bobsled Skeleton Federation’s website.

Nigeria has another deputy during a 2018 Games, skeleton racer Simidele Adeagbo. Also a successful contestant in a U.S., Adeagbo was desirous by her womanlike bobsled counterparts. After initial conference about a group in 2016, she contacted them on amicable media to ask about joining.

NAIJA STAND UP!! Nigeria went forward and done story and got themselves a Bobsled Team! Check out a Link in a bio! #wegotareallyniceteam

A post common by Akuoma Omeoga (@akuomaomeoga) on Nov 22, 2016 during 7:33am PST

After bobsled and skeleton trials, Adeagbo will be Nigeria’s initial aspirant in a latter sport.

“I saw a singular event to request my talent and offer my republic in a competition of skeleton and haven’t looked behind ever since,” she pronounced on a Nigerian Bobsled Skeleton Federation site.


The 2018 Games will see Ghana’s initial contestant competing in a skeleton, Akwasi Frimpong. Representing a republic alone this year, he is a country’s second-ever aspirant in any Winter Olympics.

Akwasi Frimpong of Ghana competes during a International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Championships on Feb 24, 2017, in Koenigssee, Germany.

Frimpong was innate and lifted in Ghana, though changed to a Netherlands aged eight, primarily as an bootleg immigrant. Exceling during sprinting, he initial dreamed of representing a Netherlands during London 2012 though was raid by injury.

Skeleton came to Frimpong after in his career – after experimenting with bobsledding he incited to a competition in 2016.

“I set myself a idea of apropos a initial African to win a award in Winter Olympic history. we knew it would take me 4 to 6 years to turn unequivocally good, so primarily my aim was a 2022 Games. But when we started racing in 2016, we astounded myself,” he pronounced in a story on a central Olympics website.


The surreptitious East African republic of Eritrea will be creation a entrance during a Winter Games this year.

Canadian/Eritrean alpine skier Shannon Abeda.

Shannon Abeda is Eritrea’s sole carefree during a games, competing in a slalom and hulk slalom events. Born in Alberta, Canada, to Eritrean newcomer parents, a 21-year-old told Canadian broadcaster CBC: “I have grown adult here with a lot of friends who are Canadian though we also have that tie inside to who we am as an Eritrean.”

Abeda, also a mechanism scholarship student, has been competing for his parents’ birth republic given 2011.

Disclosure: CNBC primogenitor NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics is a U.S. promote rights hilt to all Summer and Winter Games by a year 2032.

10 years after and still gripping those hands up. Holidays are now over, time to get behind to work.

A post common by Shannon-Obgnai Abeda (@erialpine96) on Jan 2, 2018 during 8:16pm PST

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