The 2018 Winter Olympics will have the greatest African representation ever. But it's the Nigerian women who will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton event who are among the most remarkable.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday and while South Africa has sent a lone competitor - alpine skier Connor Wilson - the Games will have a broad African representation.
In fact, the Games will feature the most African countries at a Winter Olympics. Eight countries from the continent - Kenya, Morocco, Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa, Togo, Eritrea and Nigeria - will compete at this year's event with 13 athletes (a record since 1994) all vying to become the first African to win a medal.
It is a monumental effort considering the challenges the athletes face to compete.
Beyond the usual - maladministration, lack of funding and you know, the weather - there's the added complexity that in many countries, the federations that govern winter sports simply do not exist.
When Senegal's Lamine Guèye became the first black African athlete to compete in the games back in 1984, he had to ask for the help from the International Ski Federation to...