Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit. The plucky West Africans finished 20th in Pyeongchang, more than seven seconds behind gold medallists Germany in a sport where success and failure is measured in hundredths of a second. But try telling that to Nigerian driver Seun Adigun and partner Ngozi Onwumere after a landmark appearance, cheered on by their families and a vocal pocket of Nigerian fans.Read More
Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong knows a thing or two about sacrifice: he spent two years selling vacuum cleaners to finance his unlikely journey to the Olympics — as a skeleton racer. After previously failing to qualify as a sprinter and in the bobsleigh, he is set to become only the second athlete from the West African country to compete at a Winter Games in Pyeongchang, six years after his Olympic hopes looked dead and buried. Frimpong, who moved to the Netherlands when he was just eight, missedRead More
Pyeongchang (South Korea) (AFP) As they prepare to make Olympic history in Pyeongchang, Nigeria’s women’s bobsleigh team admit they battle their demons every time they climb into the sled. Being billed as “Cool Runnings” reloaded in the West African country’s first Winter Games appearance, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga knelt in silent prayer Wednesday before hurtling down the track at breakneck speeds they know could kill them. “The first time I got in a sled it was honestly terrifying,” driver Seun told AFP in an interview after training. “The onlyRead More
Gapyeong (South Korea) (AFP) Thousands of Unification Church couples took part in a mass wedding Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of its founder Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah by his followers. Around 4,000 couples from 64 countries crowded the hall in Gapyeong, organisers said, just over half of them getting married and the rest blessing existing unions. The grooms and brides sat in rows of white plastic chairs, some fidgeting nervously while others took selfies showing off their wedding rings before giant posters ofRead More