Germany may have won the women’s bobsled gold but a last-place finish will not diminish Nigeria’s incredible story or their place in Winter Olympics history.
The three Nigerian-American women slid four completed heats down one of the trickiest tracks in the world, cementing their names in the record books as the first Africans to bobsled in the Olympics.
Pilot Seun Adigun was partnered with Ngozi Onwumere for the two Wednesday heats, with the runner taking over from Akuoma Omeoga, who ran heats one and two.
The pair were the only team to go over 52 seconds in heat three, but still quicker than their second run on Tuesday. Heat four saw them record 52.53s.
They finished last in all four runs, but not by much each time, and by no means embarrassed themselves, their financial backers, or their country.
For the team that built their own training sled out of two-by-fours 15 months ago, the emotions were visible as they celebrated their final run.