Skeleton/Bobsled | Nigeria
In 2018, Simidele became the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and Black woman to compete in skeleton at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. In the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, she’s poised to break more barriers as the first African woman to compete in monobob, a women’s only, one-person bobsleigh event that debuts at Beijing 2022. Prior to competing in skeleton and bobsleigh, Simidele was a world-class triple jumper. Her journey from track star to Beijing 2022 is inspired by her desire to see a wider spectrum of humanity represented at the Olympic Winter Games.