Ghana’s skeleton athlete, Akwasi Frimpong finishes ahead of competitors from Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria in his first race of the 2020/2021 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation season.
Frimpong who finished 24th out of 31 international athletes on January 13, 2021, is impressively improving his time and becoming a speedster in the process too.
Akwasi Frimpong raced through pain and delivered for Ghana! It was the first time Ghana was represented in a Europa Cup skeleton competition. “I had suffered a bad crash three days before this race and could barely walk, but following the recommendations of my doctors, I took a day off from training and that braced me for this race,” said an excited Frimpong.
Frimpong only had five runs under his belt from the top of one of the most challenging ice tracks in the world in Altenberg, Germany. Besides racing amidst the pain, Frimpong also on race day managed to set a personal best on the Altenberg track by more than 2 seconds.
“It’s so great to be competing against athletes from nations across the world. I am excited to heal up my foot and race again in 3 days,” Frimpong said as he thanked “team Russia, IBSF, Germany and my partners Forever Living, Ghana Gas, Murdock Hyundai, the Ghana Olympic Committee, Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Ghana (BSF – Ghana), and everyone out there that prayed for me so I could start with my sore ankle.”
The skeleton athlete who has been training with team-Russia for the past three months ultimately aims to represent Ghana at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. “My best is yet to come,” he promised.
Source: BSF – Ghana