The African teams going for Winter Olympic glory
Photos: African athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Eritrea – Eritrean flag bearer, Canada-born Shannon-Ogbnai Abeda, is the country's sole athlete and is competing in Alpine skiing.
By Ized Uanikhehi, CNN
Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT) February 9, 2018
CNN)In this year's Winter Olympics games 12 athletes from eight African countries will be competing.
This brings the overall number of African countries ever to compete in the Winter Olympics to 15, with Nigeria and Eritrea making their debuts.
Winter Olympic first timers
Africa, for a few reasons -- one being the generally warm climate, does not have much participation in winter sports. Out of the 54 countries on the continent only 13 had previously ever made it to the Winter Olympics.
However this year there are more African countries competing than ever before.
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Nigeria is in the Winter Olympics for first time, and its athletes Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are the first African bobsled team competing in the games.
Nigerian skeleton athlete, Simidele Adeagbo, is the first female skeleton slider from Africa.
Eritrea makes a debut with Shannon-Ogbnai Abeda, an alpine skier. Abeda was born in Canada and is the country's sole athlete.
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Eight African countries to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games