Uganda’s Brolin Mawejje, 24, is also hoping to represent his country in snowboarding and become the first-ever Ugandan at the Winter Olympics. Based in the US since he was 12, Mawejje will put plans to attend medical school on hold to focus on the Olympics. Like the Nigerian bobsled team hopefuls, Mawejje is aware of the historical significance of his participation.

“My motivation, really, is holding the flag at the opening ceremony,” Mawejje says in a documentary. “So [it] doesn’t really go as far as winning, or getting on podium, but picturing myself as an African holding an African flag at such an event really pushes me. I believe that I can pave that same path for other kids.”

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