Simi does indeed Sleigh despite last-place finish

Nigeria's Simidele Adeagbo may have finished last in the women's skeleton at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but her efforts on Friday and Saturday were nothing to be ashamed of for someone who took up the sport a mere six months ago.

For @SimiSleighs, as she is known on her popular social media accounts, this experience was about more than the medals, as she hoped to inspire another generation of girls to take up sports they may not ordinarily have considered.

"Ultimately, my journey is about breaking down barriers for future generations of athletes - especially young women everywhere - who are watching athletes like me push the limits through sport during the Games," Adeagbo said via a media release.

Adeagbo, originally a triple jumper of some repute at collegiate level, was Nigeria's first ever Winter Olympian, and Africa's first woman in the skeleton. She finished in 20th place after the four heats, following up her efforts on Friday with runs of 53.73s and 54.28s on Saturday night.

She didn't manage to go under 54 seconds on Friday, so the third heat was a definite improvement, and only 0.11s slower than Takako Oguchi of Japan in 19th. Adeagbo did especially well, given her lack of experience, to cope with the notoriously difficult track and finish all her runs without serious incident.

As was the case on Friday, because of her ranking Adeagbo went down last in the first heat of the evening on Saturday and then first in the final run, leaving the fastest riders to go last as they raced for the medal positions.

It was very tight going into the fourth and final heat, with Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold, the defending champion, in second position. The ice got progressively quicker as the night wore on and the temperatures dropped, hardening the track.

Elisabeth Vathje of Canada put up a blistering time of 51.82s with only a few riders left, putting a lot of pressure on Yarnold. But the Brit's incredible experience shone through on the night as she clocked 51.46s, breaking her own track record from the night before, to retain her title.