Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana’s first-ever skeleton Olympian, recently visited Olympic House and signed the Olympians Wall.

Support from Olympic Solidarity scholarships helped Akwasi achieve his lifelong Olympic dream in 2018 – and he is aiming for more.

Olympic Solidarity could be the boost you need to take your sporting career to the next level.

It makes such a difference to me as an athlete, being able to focus 100 per cent on my sport.

AKWASI FRIMPONG

On 13 July 2022, Akwasi Frimpong OLY was welcomed to Olympic House in Lausanne during a visit to Switzerland. Akwasi met with IOC teams from Olympic Solidarity and the Athletes’ Department, and added his signature to the Olympians Wall as part of his trip to the Olympic Capital.

You’ll probably know Akwasi best as the trailblazing Olympian who became Ghana’s first-ever skeleton racer with his appearance at PyeongChang 2018.

Overcoming multiple setbacks, Akwasi says Olympic Solidarity support was vital to him achieving his Olympic dreams – having been the recipient of two scholarships, helping him prepare in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022.

“I’m super grateful that the IOC and NOCs provide direct support to athletes through Olympic Solidarity. I wouldn’t have been at the Games without the scholarships, and they helped me achieved my dream.

“It makes such a difference to me as an athlete, being able to focus 100 per cent on my sport. The fact that the IOC thinks about athletes and supports us is really cool. You train, you have your dream, and they provide the platform of the Games, but they actually help you get there too.”

Looking forward

After missing out on Beijing 2022, Akwasi has already set his sights on Milano Cortina 2026: “I have decided to go for another Olympic cycle. When things like that happen to us in life, it’s how we look at it and proceed from there that really makes the difference. We can choose to be defeated, or we can choose to make the best of our situation.”

Akwasi’s journey began when he moved from Ghana to the Netherlands aged eight, and as an undocumented immigrant, he revealed himself to be a formidable sprinter at school.

He was denied a place at London 2012 by an Achilles injury, and was then in contention to race for the Dutch bobsleigh team at Sochi 2014, before switching sports for a second time to make Olympic history.

Could Olympic Solidarity take your sporting career to the next level? You could be eligible for a number of support programmes via your National Olympic Committee.

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