Olympian Simidele Adeagbo featured on BBC's The Conversation
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM [May 28, 2018] –
BBC News' The Conversation is a weekly program featuring women who are changing the game in their respective fields. With a global audience of millions, it's an awesome platform to inspire and dialogue on important topics. As a pioneer in winter sports, Simidele Adeagbo shares how she set out to break barriers and overcome challenges. Click to listen and download the full episode.
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.