By Kayode Ogundare:
Nigerian bobsled pilot, Seun Adigun, who lead three other team members to represent the country at the recently held Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea has officially been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the first African, man or woman, to compete at both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
Ayako Ito of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in a message noted that The Olympic Study Centre has confirmed that Seun Adigun is the first ever African athlete to achieve the milestone.
Adigun, 31, is one of only two athletes to be so recognized at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, a taekwondoist turned skier being the other.
Both athletes now join a list of elite Summer and Winter Olympians catalogued by online reference site, Wikipedia.
Adigun who represented Nigeria in Athletics at the Summer Olympics and in Bobsleigh in 2018 at the Winter Olympics expressed her delight at being bestowed with such a prestigious accolade.
Speaking through her management team, Lagos-based pan-African agency, Temple Management Company, Adigun restated her commitment to African excellence.
She said, “This is a real-life example of what it means to represent African excellence and a true testament to the fact that impossible is nothing. This milestone is truly a blessing”.
An obviously elated Adigun also disclosed how she prepared for the winter Games.
“The preparations for the winter Games was different in the sense that my passion was driven by my self-less intentions to create positive representation for Nigerians and Africans, globally. That passion was accompanied by several thoughts of fear and anxiety, but it was overcome by God’s grace and the support of everyone who played a part in the journey, no matter how big or small,” she stated.
Adigun, who also recently bagged a doctorate degree in Chiropractic, added that she dedicated herself to creating a legacy that would inspire generations, eternally, and whatever accolades came along the way would be celebrated as blessings.