On December 9, 2022, in Lake Placid, New York, at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSFfirst-ever )’s skeleton World Push Championships, Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana’s first skeleton Olympian, placed fourth.
Athletes from the USA, Austria, Ukraine, Great Britain, and China, as well as those from Frimpong, came in first place, and she outperformed the Olympic bronze medalist from the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.
In addition, last week at the IBSF North American Cup skeleton races in Lake Placid, Frimpong won Ghana’s first-ever bronze medal in an international winter sport competition.
Frimpong claims that despite frequently finishing last in IBSF skeleton competitions, this just motivated him to put in more effort. Due to COVID and modifications to IOC and IBSF standards, he was unable to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Since then, he has worked hard to improve as a slider, and it is starting to pay off.
He stated on Friday that his goal was to represent Ghana at the 2026 Milano Cortina Olympics for a second time. “I am laser-focused, and I am taking it one training and competition at a time,” he said.
He claimed that the assistance of his current and former instructors, sponsors, and the many others who helped him get thus far contributed to his present success.