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Simidele Adeagbo

Simidele Adeagbo

Main Info

Country:
Nigeria
Birthdate:
29.07.1981
Discipline:
Skeleton
Website:
www.simisleighs.com
Height:
168 cm
Weight:
65 kg
Year Began Competition:
2017
Year National Team:
2017
Personal Coach:
Nick Vienneau
Sled Manufacturer:
Davenport
Occupation:
Marketing Manager
Favorite Athlete:
Serena Williams
Former Sporting Career:
Track & Field - Triple Jump


What’s on your playlist for workout/training?
Hit Afrobeats songs from artists like Davido. They’re the types of songs that make you want to dance through a distinctly local sound. They remind me of the significance of what I’m doing and that it’s for the continent and for people back home.
How did you get into bobsleigh/skeleton?
After hearing about the Nigerian bobsled team, I tried out for the team. I was invited back to a team camp and discovered Skeleton. I was inspired to take up Skeleton when I realized that no African woman had ever competed in the sport at the Olympics. Given Africa’s underrepresentation at the Winter Olympics, I wanted to change the narrative and inspire the next generation to dream without limits.
What’s your next/biggest goal in your sport?
To win Africa’s first medal at the Winter Olympics.
Do you have a favourite motivational quote?
My favourite motivational quote was given to me on a card from my track coach, Olympic Gold Medalist, Al Joyner. The quote is from Cadet Maxim and says- “Risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical, expect more than others think is possible.” This quote is the ethos and principles I live by and the benchmark for how I measure success.
Who’s your favorite sport hero?
Serena Williams is one of my favorite sports heroes. I loved Serena and her sister Venus as a little girl and had posters of them on my bedroom walls. I was also once a body double for Serena. They were blazing trails as young athletes in a sport where many people didn’t look like them. I pay homage to that legacy by wearing beads at the ends of my braids when I compete. The beads are a nod to their early style.

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