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Multiple Teams · Alum Simidele Adeagbo (c/o ’99) Sleighs into Winter Olympics


Simidele Adeagbo, Eastern c/o 1999, retired from professional track and field in 2008 after finishing 8″ shy of earning an Olympic bid in the Triple Jump. Even then she was one of the most decorated athletes in the history of Eastern HS. But she has added a new chapter to her athletic story, Winter Olympian in the skeleton.

Follow Simi’s Journey via social media @SimiSleighs (Twitter & Instagram).

Thanks to Candice Ward Photography (@candicewardphotography) for these pictures.

*This article will be updated in the coming weeks to recount her Olympic Games.

WAVE3 Interview with Simi: http://www.wave3.com/story/37386608/update-jcps-and-uk-student-talks-about-olympic-dreams

Courier-Journal Article: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/01/30/winter-olympics-simidele-adeagbo-nigeria-skeleton-track-uk-kentucky/1057940001/

WAVE3 story: http://www.wave3.com/story/37360728/uk-eastern-high-grad-to-make-history-in-oiympic-games

Nike Story: https://news.nike.com/news/simidele-adeagbo-african-skeleton-athlete

Nike Ad, Some Firsts Last Forever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTKLahQ-e1w

NBC Olympics Profile: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/tag/simidele-adeagbo/

SimiSleighs.com: http://simisleighs.com

Video Interview w/ Simi Skeleton practice: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/african-athlete-with-calgary-connection-finally-living-her-olympic-dream-1.3771305

Simidele Adeagbo Accomplishments:

  • The First Nigerian & African female athlete to compete in the Olympic Skeleton.
3x KHSAA Team Track & Field State Champion
  • 1996, 1997, 1998
Individual Track & Field Accolades
  • 7x KHSAA State Champion
    • 3x Long Jump Champion (99, 98, 97)
    • 2x 100m Champion (98, 97)
    • 200m Champion (97)
    • 4x100m Relay Champion (97)
  • Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year
  • All Time KY Top 5 in Long Jump & Triple Jump
  • University of Kentucky Triple Jump
    • School Record Holder- 44’ 0.5”
  • 4x NCAA All American
  • 2004 & 2008 Olympic Trials Triple Jump
    • Missed Olympics by 8” in 2008
HS Basketball Accolades
  • All District
HS Field Hockey
  • All State Honorable Mention
  • Earned Division 1 scholarship offers
Additional Eastern HS Accolades
  • Kentucky Governor’s Scholar
  • Senior Class Vice President
  • Voted Senior Class Most Athletic