Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning

Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning spotlights women Olympians and Paralympians who sought to compete in the Tokyo Summer or Beijing Winter Olympi…
Apr 6th, 2022 | 27:56

Simidele Adeagbo (Nigeria): The Original Sleigh Queen

Simidele (Simi) was the first African and black woman to compete in Skeleton at the Olympics, and more recently, the first African to take home gold at an international bobsled competition: "We don't have the facilities [in Nigeria], and we don't have the equipment, so to know that I was going into that space with a lot of barriers, and to know that I was still able to win was very symbolic. It showed me what was possible." While Simi just missed qualifying for Beijing in the monobob, this Olympian (2018) was a voice we wanted to elevate because she’s breaking records and boundaries for her country of Nigeria and her new sport, monobob. In this episode, Simi talks about why diversity in sport matters and her new book, Sleigh, Sleigh, Sleigh All Day. Contributing Expert: April Holmes (4X Paralympian, 3X Paralympic Medalist)