“To be able to bring something back to not only the country of Nigeria — which has so gracefully given me my family, my culture and everything I stand by — but also to the continent of Africa and the world…
“To bring a gift for people to know that resilience is something that you can actually live to achieve, and that the fear of the unknown doesn’t need to be something that limits your ability to thrive in life … Those qualities will be important for everybody to be able to take in.”
How those times spent with a hammer and nail have paid off.
Adigun and her companions will brace themselves, sprint and leap into a state of the art machine by the time the women’s heats begin on February 20, having raised funds of $75,000 on a GoFundMe online donation page.
They will do so 30 years to the day after the Jamaican bobsled team captured hearts around the world at Calgary ’88.
The team have seen the hit film Cool Runningsand “love it” but, despite the irresistible comparisons, Adigun wants to do more than just act out a sequel.
“It didn’t really play a role in my decision to actually do this team or have the other ladies join me,” she says. “This was more of an opportunity to do something selfless that the world could take on.
“To be compared to a group of people who 30 years later are still being celebrated for something legendary is amazing. If we can leave that type of legacy or have that type of impression on others, then we’ve really done something special as well.
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