Live: Nigerian cross-country skier shares passion for skiing

As the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games approach, CGTN invites Olympians to join our special “The Chat Room – Meet the Olympians” and share their love of winter sports.

Nigerian cross-country skier Samuel Ikpefan joins the first episode and talks about his experience as an athlete representing Nigeria in FIS races, his efforts to promote skiing in Nigeria and his expectations for Beijing 2022.

Samuel Ikpefan is the first ski athlete from the tropical country of Nigeria to compete in the Winter Olympics. Due to the lack of funding, he has raised money on the internet to travel to professional races and target both the Beijing Olympics 2022 and the Games of the next four years, the Milan Cortina 2026.

Despite all these economic disadvantages, he participated in various professional races and obtained high points and scores in FIS competitions.

Featured today, CGTN’s special series “The Chat Room – Meet the Olympians” provides an overview of how Samuel Ikpefan trains and his goal of winning medals at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.

Directors: Tian Chuyin, Shi Xun

Host: Eva May

Guest: Samuel Ikpefan, Nigerian cross-country skier

Videographers and technicians: CGTN Livestream team

Producer: Li Xiang

Editors in Chief: Chen Ran, Wen Yaru

Supervisor: Zhang Shilei