Without access to proper training equipment or valuable ice time to flawless their skills, the members of the Nigerian Women's Bobsleigh Team started their journey on the snow-less grounds of Houston, Texas, in a wooden sled they nicknamed "The Maeflower".
In the aftermath of their success they secured team Visa sponsorship after Visa heard about their story. "Starting the Nigerian Women's Bobsled team was not an easy decision, but I know it will be one of the most impactful things I will ever initiate".
The similarities to the fictional story of the Jamaican team qualifying are remarkable.
Today their hard work and perseverance have paid off as they completed the fifth of the required five qualifying races on Wednesday to become the first African team, men or women, to qualify in the Winter Olympics' Bobsled category. Upon discovering the page, Visawas inspired by their story and determination to carve out a place in history and pledged to help solidify the team's trip to the Olympic Winter Games. Their perseverance has also earned them a spot on Team Visa, top worldwide sponsors of the Olympic Games. The women will head to Pyeongchang in South Korea in February of 2018 - ironically on the 30th anniversary of Jamaica's Bobsledding debut.
The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games are due to be held from February 9 to 25
It also fulfils a quest of the sled's driver, Seun Adigun, 30, who moved from athletics after competing in the 100m hurdles at London 2012.
No African nation has ever competed in an Olympic bobsled event and for this trio of trail-blazing Nigerian women getting to the winter games is where their journey begins, not ends.
Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, was understandably thrilled at the achievement, saying via a media statement: "I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women. I made a decision to accept this responsibility and recruited two wonderful young women, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga, as my brakemen". They were incredible throughout this journey.