Simi Adeagbo spreads Skeleton gospel in Nigeria

Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts as she finishes a run during the Women's Skeleton at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Clive Mason/Getty Images

Nigeria's first-ever Winter Olympian, Simidele Adeagbo, left the freezing cold of South Korea for the heat of Lagos last week as she visited schoolchildren to teach them the rather un-African art of skeleton bobsleigh.

Canada-born Adeagbo was the first Nigerian, male or female, to compete at a Winter Games, and last month also became the first African woman to compete in the Skeleton event, finishing 20th overall but with the third-fastest start time.

The Johannesburg-based athlete showed kids at the British International School in Lagos how best to go about that quick start, posting a video on her Instagram. It was part of the Bobsled & Skeleton Youth Sports Camp.


Kamara shows his strength, Adeagbo teaches skeleton techniques

Alvin Kamara shows off his intense offseason training regime while Simi Adeagbo, back from the Winter Olympics, teaches kids in Nigeria the techniques of skeleton racing.

She wrote in her caption: "The youth of Nigeria are our future. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge to empower them to lead the way!"

Adeagbo has stated before that her main ambition was not to win gold in PyeongChang, but rather to inspire children to look further than their norm, to have goals that may be more unusual than most.

"My Olympic journey has shown me that there are no limits to what's possible and that I can make a significant difference in this world," Adeagbo told the media on her trip to Nigeria.

"I plan on continuing to break down barriers and create the future that I want to see through using my gifts to make a significant contribution and leave a legacy."

Adeagbo and the famous Nigerian women's bobsled team were received by Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, as he hosted the historic team at a special reception at the Aso Rock State House and Presidential Complex.