Ghana`s first skeleton Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong delivered yet another historic record second only to his sporting career. He has become the highest-ranked African athlete in records at the worldwide International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) North American Cup circuit.
He won the 6th and 5th place in the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) North American Skeleton Cup in Lake Placid, New York, earning himself the best result of his career so far.
HIS RANKINGS PER THE 2021/2022 RACES & RESULTS
North American Cup – 8th with a total of 196 points (most recent)
IBSF Ranking – 64th with a total of 175 points (making a jump from 72nd)
The predecessor of the IBSF was the International Snow Sled Federation (FIBT), which was established in Paris on November 23, 1923 by representatives of the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland, as well as representatives of Canada and the United States.
IBSF represents a religiously and politically neutral international non-governmental organization responsible for the management of bobsled (including Bob on the road) and the skeleton movement.
Frimpong experienced a challenging Olympic season. He suffered serious injuries and some logistical and sponsorship problems during the offseason. He never gave up and has been working hard to qualify for his second Olympic Games.
Under his profile on the IBSF website, he gave an advice for young athletes looking to try out a career in bobsleigh or skeleton:
“Take your time to progress, be a sponge. Take notes, watch others slide and learn from them. And don’t be afraid to try different things to see what works best for you.”
According to Frimpong, he did poorly in his first 10 races, which will greatly reduce his chances of competing in the Olympics. But this week he says he has proven to himself and the rest of the world that “he is no longer an African on a sled, but a skeleton athlete from Africa.”
Frimpong trains in advance of the Beijing Winter Olympics from February 4th to 20th next 2022. He sees that he has the next or biggest goal in this sport.
Read more about Akwasi Frimpong here.
Written by Oral Ofori