This man is the first athlete in his sport to represent his home country at the Winter Olympics. Skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong was born in Ghana but grew up in The Netherlands and now lives in the U.S. Although he’s lived under many flags, he still feels the pull of his home country.
“If you asked me what have you done for Ghana. No clue. I couldn’t have said anything. Except that I was born there and I was Ghanaian and I have the Ghanaian name. But I have not done anything for my country specifically. It was time for me to give back and this was the perfect way to do that.” Frimpong explained.
He has tried out for the Summer and Winter games twice before, both times for The Netherlands. First as a sprinter in 2012, and then for bobsled in 2014. He fell short in those attempts but never gave up.
He took up skeleton for the first time in 2015 and, just three years later, he’s representing Ghana in the sport and making his Olympic dreams a reality.
“I want to just go out there and make a big impact. Achieve something great for my country of Ghana. Ghana has never won an Olympic gold medal before in the Summer and obviously definitely not in the Winter Olympics…” Frimpong stated.