Akwasi Frimpong grateful to Ghanaians for support

Akwasi Frimpong grateful to Ghanaians for support


Ghana’s first skeleton athlete for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Akwasi Frimpong has expressed his gratitude to all Ghanaians for supporting him through his qualification to the Winter Games.

His participation in the games was confirmed on Sunday, January 15, 2018.
He specifically thanked the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) for their continuous assistance throughout the period and assured Ghanaians of a good performance at PyeongChang next month.
Frimpong qualified for the games after fulfilling the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules, which required a minimum of five races on three different ice tracks in two years.
During his first season, he competed in 12 races on four different ice tracks - Calgary, Utah, Lake Placid and Germany. 
In addition, Frimpong needed to be ranked in the top 60 on the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) world ranking by January 14, 2018. 
Frimpong was ranked 95th in world during the 2016/2017 season, though it was only his first year as a skeleton athlete but managed to climb to the 60th position to earn the qualification.

He will be only the second athlete in Ghana’s history to compete under the flag of Ghana in the Winter Olympicsafter Kwame Nkrumah competed in the slalom ski event in 2010 in Vancouver. 
He will also be the first athlete from West Africa to ever compete in the skeleton event, and the first black male skeleton athlete from the entire continent of Africa. 
The sport for years has been dominated by white athletes, so he is already breaking down boundaries across the world. He competed for Ghana in February, during the IBSF World Championships in Koenigssee, Germany. 
He was the first West African to compete at the World Championships in the skeleton event, and the only Ghanaian athlete nominated for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah said "GOC is very proud of Akwasi and his efforts to not only become an Olympian, but also promoting winter sport among the Ghanaian youth.”
Frimpong launched the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation-Ghana (BSF-Ghana) in July last year in Accra, Ghana. More than 45 participants from six major regions in Ghana participated. 
BSF-Ghana has been accepted by the National Sports Authority (NSA) and is the first official winter sport federation in Ghana.