Posted by: Dr. Y. | February 12, 2018

Africa at the South Korea Winter Olympics 2018

Pyeongchang 2018We have evolved since the days of the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The African and Black presences at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than quadrupled: 8 African countries are represented at these Olympics with a total of 13 athletesNigeria is featuring its First Bobsleigh Team ever, and it is all female! We also note that the Togolese athletes Alessia Afi Dipol, and  Mathilde Amivi Petit Jean have come back from 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics; we applaud their endurance. I guess some of our brothers and sisters have lived in Northern countries, and enjoy these winter sports to the point of competing in them. We raise our hats to them. Below are the African athletes to watch for, and cheer for this year.

Africa

Africa

EritreaShannon Adeba – Alpine skiing

GhanaAkwasi Frimpong – Skeleton

KenyaSabrina Simader – Alpine skiing

MadagascarMialitiana Clerc – Alpine skiing

MoroccoAdam Lamhamedi – Alpine skiing

                   Samir Azzimani – Cross-country skiing

NigeriaAkuoma Omeoga – Bobsleigh

                Moriam Seun Adigun – Bobsleigh

                Ngozi Onwumere – Bobsleigh

                Simidele Adeagbo – Skeleton

South AfricaConnor Wilson – Alpine skiing

TogoAlessia Afi Dipol – Alpine skiing

           Mathilde-Amivi Petit Jean – Cross-country skiing

There are more brothers and sisters of African descent competing at these Olympics as well: 7 from the United States (with the multiple champion Shani Davis who has been a joy to watch in speed skating since the 2006 Turin Olympics), 4 from France (including 2 in figure skating), 3 from Brazil (all in bobsleigh),  5 from Canada (all in bobsleigh), 3 from Jamaica (with Jamaica first female bobsleigh team ever) and 5 from Great Britain (all in bobsleigh). I may have missed some, and if you see one I did not account for, let me know. We raise our hats to those athletes proudly representing their nations, and cheer them to victory!


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