‘New generation of Nigerians’ marks Olympic bobsled debut

  • Members of the Nigerian women’s bobsled team, from left, Akuoma Omeoga, Seun Adigun and Ngozi Onwumere, pose for a photograph during an interview with The Associated Press at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Despite being American born, Nigeria’s first-ever bobsled team says they’re representing the culture they were raised in. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Akuoma Omeoga was raised on Nigerian food, language and culture. Next week, the 25-year-old will represent her parents’ homeland in the Winter Games, hurtling down the bobsled track with her tresses — dyed green as a tribute to the country — flapping beneath her helmet like a flag.

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