Nigerian Skeleton racer

Simidele is part of the Ice Blazers- along with Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga- who are representing Nigeria at the Winter Olympics for the first time.

On Friday, February 16, she made history as the first athlete to compete at the Winter Olympics, racing in the Skeleton Women’s Heat 1 at the Olympic Sliding Centre.

The 36-year-old ran in the starting order and bib of 20 and finished last in the 20-woman race with a time of 54.19s.

She finished behind the winner with a time of 2.16s.

Stage by stage results

Simidele finished her start impressively in third place,  in a time of 5.06s. At the end of Split 1, she was sixth with a time of 14.85, she finished in 16th place for Split 2 at a time of 24.20s.

She fell further behind to 20th position at the end of Split 3 in a time of 35.10s. She was in the last position at the end of Split 4 (42.17s) and Finish (54.19s).

Lizzy Yarnold of Great Britain finished in first position with a time of 51.66s followed by Jacqueline Loelling who finished in a time of 51.74s.

Austrian Janine Flock finished third with a time of 51.81s, Tina Hermann of Germany followed with a time of 51.98s while Anna Fernstaedt of Germany finished fifth with a time of 51.99s.

Simidele will be in action at the Women’s Heat 2 on Saturday, February 17 and will be hoping to finish in better time and qualify for the podium race.

Second race in Pyeongchang

This is her second race at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang as she also finished last in the Official Women’s Training Heat 1 in the early hours of Monday, February 12, 1.35 am (9:35 am Pyeongchang time).

She finished the 116.4Km / h race in 55.17s which was the last in the 19-woman race. She finished behind the winner with a time of 2.82s difference.

The result from the Heat is however not significant in the race for a medal.