Ghana’s representative at the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea has started training on the real Olympics track he will soon be competing on.
The Netherlands based Akwasi Frimpong is a Skeleton athlete, he is the first West African to participate in the skeleton event as well as the first black Olympian to represent an African country in the sport.
Skeleton is a winter sport featured in the Winter Olympics where the competitor rides head-first and prone (lying face down) on a flat sled. It is normally run on an ice track that allows the sled to gain speed by gravity.
Akwasi qualified to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics after he ranked in the top 60 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s mid-January 2018 rankings.
He is the second Ghanaian to participate in the Winter Olympics. Alpine skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong was the first Ghanaian, he participated in the 2010 edition in Vancouver.
As the sole competitor from Ghana, Akwasi has no choice to but to be the one bearing our national flag, none the less, he is stoked about it.
“Excited to announce that I will be the flag bearer for my country Ghana🇬🇭 on feb.9th during the 2018 #Olympic ceremony. #ghanaskeleton🇬🇭,” he tweeted.
We are following Akwasi’s journey at the Winter Olympics, we will bring you more updates soon.