There has been so much noise (appreciated), around these amazing athletes for some months now, and since it’s the Pyeongchang 2018 season, I decided to read and watch a little more about the winter games, and especially the Bobsleigh.
I was schooled.
I understood from the stories of the athletes, what it means to dream big no matter where you are from.
And for our fantastic bobsleigh team; comprising of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere, it’s safe to call them trailblazers.
Let me give you a little lesson about the bobsleigh winter sport.
Bobsleigh or bobsled is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled.
The bob run used in international competition is between 1,200 and 1,600 meters (1,312 and 1,750 yards) long, with an average slope of between 8 and 15 percent. There are generally from 15 to 20 turns per course, ranging in size up to huge hairpins of more than 180°. Most bob runs have permanent foundations of concrete or stone, which are covered with several inches of ice. The straightaways have sidewalls of reinforced ice about 46 cm (18 inches) high. The large turns are banked very steeply, built up as high as 6 meters (20 feet), and may have an overhanging lip of ice to prevent the fast-traveling bobsleds from flying out of the turn. (You can read more on Britannica.)
It is not only a super scary game, which one of them equates the danger in it as throwing yourself from a tall building in a can at your highest speed.
You are not sure how you would land, either ‘butt’ down or head first, yet you go as fast as you can.
These ladies must have broken their backs and wipe numerous tears, just to be where they are today.
They must have had ugly fights, must have been close to given up; and maybe perhaps even gave up at a time but just kept pushing.
I have heard people say they were already advantaged by living outside Nigeria, but may I say to you that living in Texas and practicing for a winter game, can as well be the same as living in Nigeria; in terms of weather.
Above the glitz and glamour of making it to the winter Olympics, I have come to a deep appreciation of their sacrifices, and their doggedness to be where they are today.
They must have had risen above many voices, and must have been criticized countless times by friends and families, but they are here today; and that’ all that probably matters.
Can you imagine the many times they must have failed, hurt themselves or even hospitalized?
This article is to confirm to you that there are sacrifices before the glory.
This team didn’t start practicing in a month or a year for the competition; they must have dedicated their lives to it.
Whatever you want to be remembered for, start dedicating your whole being to it.
Finally, do you know most of these athletes have other hobbies/work that they cool off with, or perhaps other careers they have tried? This place they are is a journey and they have taken several routes to get to where they are today.
Example, Seun Adigun represented Nigeria as a hurdler in 2012 Olympics, Ngozi Onwumere is a singer and Akuoma Omeoga is a writer.
So, enough with the story that you have to work to earn money.
Do your work, earn your money, but if that dream is important to you, you will create time to nurture it.
Photo Credit: Instagram/Akuomaomeoga