Simidele Adeagbo Celebrates Historic Olympic Journey in Return to Nigeria
ABUJA, NIGERIA [March 8, 2018] – Olympian Simidele Adeagbo made a triumphant return to Nigeria to celebrate her historic Olympic journey with teammates and fans throughout Nigeria. Adeagbo, who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea last month, was the first Nigerian athlete to compete at the Winter Olympics and the first African and Black female to compete in the Skeleton at the Winter Olympics.
Adeagbo finished her trailblazing Olympic debut in the Women’s Skeleton with the third best start time and 20th place overall. The significance of her historic achievement was further celebrated when International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach personally congratulated her after her final run. Adeagbo’s Olympic experience concluded with her selection to lead Team Nigeria as the flag bearer in the closing ceremonies. “It was an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer and represent the success of Nigeria during the Olympics and show all Nigerians what’s possible through sport. It was an amazing end to a powerful experience that I will never forget,” said Adeagbo.
Adeagbo’s return to Nigeria has been marked with a rousing welcome upon arrival, a Bobsled & Skeleton youth sports camp and a visit to Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja where Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the historic team at a special reception at the Aso Rock State House and Presidential Complex. Adeagbo is proud of the impact her Olympic achievements have made in Nigeria and all around the world. Passionate about the women’s movement, sports diplomacy and diversity and inclusion, Adeagbo hopes to continue to be an agent of change globally. “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,” said Adeagbo. “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.”
Simidele Adeagbo represents a new generation of African leaders with a responsibility to shatter ceilings, open doors and pave the way for future generations. She’s been a lifelong athlete and dominant force, gracefully leaping her way into record books and now blazing trails in winter sports. While competing at the University of Kentucky, she was a four time All-American and school record holder in the triple jump. She was consistently nationally ranked and was a two-time U.S. Olympic Trials finalists in the triple jump, narrowly missing a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team. She’s made the successful transition from sand to ice as Nigeria's first female Skeleton athlete. Skeleton is a single rider winter sport in which an athlete rides a skeleton sled down a frozen track at high speeds while lying face down. When she’s not sliding down ice tracks, she’s a creative force, visionary, business leader, world traveler and Africa Aficionado. As the first Black & African female Skeleton Olympian, she wants to be an example and inspire others by showing them what’s possible. She wants to change the conversation and the narrative on women and believe it’s time for the world to see strong, smart, vivacious, courageous, beautiful and ambitious women unapologetically blazing a trail in sports.
For over a decade, while pursuing her athletic endeavors, Simidele has also led a successful and notable career at Nike Inc., where she is currently a Marketing Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has extensive experience managing a diverse range of businesses and a strong track record leadership. Her professional obligations require 40-50 hour work weeks and occasional business travel. Despite these professional obligations, Simidele remains fully determined and committed to her personal goals, always finding the time, energy and motivation to train.