Akwasi Frimpong has been confirmed for this year’s (2018) Winter Olympics: he also becomes Ghana’s first Olympic skeleton athlete.
Akwasi Frimpong has been confirmed as Ghana’s first Olympic skeleton athlete.
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Frimpong, who will turn 32 during the Games, was born in Ghana before moving to the Netherlands aged eight.
After enjoying success as a young athlete – winning the Dutch 200m junior title in 2003 – Frimpong switched to winter sports after missing out on the London Olympics through injury.
Frimpong was first introduced to bobsleigh – narrowly missing the cut for the Dutch team for Sochi 2014 – before changing to skeleton.
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Sliders were required to be in the IBSF world top 60 to qualify for Pyeongchang – a feat Frimpong achieved with 14th- and 15th-place finishes in Lake Placid at the weekend.
“I’m ready to represent Ghana for the first time in history in the skeleton event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” he said.
Africa was first represented at the Winter Olympics at Sarajevo 1984 by Senegalese alpine skier Lamine Gueye.
At Sochi 2014, Togo and Zimbabwe were the only nations from the continent to send athletes to the Winter Olympics.
[culled from BBC]