HOUSTON, TX (January 16, 2018) – Director of Education for Southeast Sports Seminars and FAKTR, Dr. Todd Riddle, has been selected as a member of the Sports Medicine Staff for the Women’s Nigerian Bobsled team. Dr. Riddle will travel alongside the team, as they join the first-ever contingent from African nations to be part of the Winter Olympics. At the 2018 Winter Olympic games in PyeongChang, South Korea, he will provide sports chiropractic and rehabilitative services, supporting the team members as they chase their Olympic dream.
“I am beyond honored to be participating in this very historic Olympic games and would like to express my gratitude for the team and the Nigerian Olympic Federation for this opportunity,” says Riddle, who holds his certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Registered Kinesiotherapist and post-doctorate designation as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. “Traveling to the Olympics to serve on the sports medicine staff on this first-of-its-kind team is an honor and a privilege.”
Dr. Riddle began working with the team driver, Seun Adigun, in 2016 when she began her quest toward the Olympic games as a bobsledder. A former Olympic track athlete who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, Adigun and Riddle met at Texas Chiropractic College while Seun was completing her Chiropractic degree.
“On behalf of the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, we are very thrilled to have Dr. Todd Riddle joining our delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” says Seun Adigun, who will be competing in her second Olympic games as the team’s driver. “As a trusted chiropractor and mentor for the team since the beginning of the journey, it was only natural for him to continue to play a vital role in the success of each athlete. We couldn’t be more proud to have Dr. Riddle as a part of this family and look forward to sharing more monumental moments along this historic path.”
The Nigerian Women’s Bobsled and Skeleton team will be the first in these events to ever compete in a Winter Olympic games representing an African Nation. Their Olympic journey has been covered in both US and international news outlets and the list of corporate sponsors taking notice continues to grow, including VISA, Under Armour and most recently Beats By Dre to name a few. This team is no stranger to the spotlight and all of the much-deserved international acclaim is a testament to their hard work and dedication to the dream.
Riddle’s involvement with Olympic bobsled began in 2002 as owner of a sports performance center in Charlotte, North Carolina. After receiving a call for tryouts from the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, Riddle began sports performance training with his former football teammate, Brock Kreitzburg. Kreitzburg went on to compete as a brakeman for Team USA in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
“Bobsled has always held a special place in my heart,” says Riddle. “The drive and dedication of these athletes is truly incredible and to compete at this level takes a great deal of speed, stamina and dedication to training. I am looking forward to helping these amazing athletes make history in PyeongChang.”