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Akwasi Frimpong Displays his competition suit at the Lausanne Olympic Museum

On 5th June, Akwasi Frimpong showcased his 2018 Winter Olympic Games Skeleton race suit on display at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ghana's first and Africa's second Skeleton competitor was also the nations lone ranger at the games held at  Pyeongchang, South Korea. Frimpong has won eight gold, four silver and four bronze medals at local and international events.
Akwasi Frimpong 
The museum happens to hold the largest archive of Olympic Games mementoes in the world. Akwasi Frimpong's suit was predominantly yellow with green and red stripes, as well as the Black Star of the Ghana flag. The colorful competition suit joined more than 10,000 other artefacts at the museum after he donated it at the end of the competition on their request.
"I first wanted to donate a t-shirt and a sculpture, They preferred it, but I wanted to leave something that refers to Ghana, and the suit does that more than my helmet," Akwasi Frimpong.

The Olympic Museum is one of Lausanne’s prime tourist site. It's estimated to attract more than 250,000 visitors each year since its institution on 23rd June, 1993. 


The first ever athlete from Ghana to compete in the skeleton event at the Winter Olympics finished in last place at the event — but he came in first in onlookers’ hearts when he dazzled the crowd with his dance moves.

Growing up in a one-room home in Kumasi, Ghana's second most populous city, Frimpong harboured dreams of becoming a professional sportsman. He lived with his grandmother and brother alongside eight other children. At the age of eight, he followed his mother to the Netherlands as an illegal immigrant.

In 2003, he became the Dutch national junior 200m champion at the age of 17. He had to lie to his coaches on numerous occasions that he had lost his passport since he couldn't compete internationally per his citizenship status.


Frimpong was eventually granted official residency in 2007 and nationality in the Netherlands in 2008. He then concentrated on training to qualify for the Dutch athletics team for the London 2012 Olympics. He didn't make the trip because of an injury sustained. He later traded the athletics track for the ice. Thus securing a spot on the Dutch bobsleigh team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"After missing out on London 2012, I was approached by the Dutch bobsleigh coach Nicola Minichiello about joining the team. I had my doubts, but then I remembered Cool Runnings and thought to myself, 'If Jamaicans can do it, so can I!'"
 He opted for this sport after taking part in a trial in Utah. His wife happens to be a Bobsleigh coach. He started the Bobsleigh and Skeletal Federation, Ghana (BSF-Ghana) in 2016.

The "rabbit theory" documentary speaks volumes about his hard earned reputation. He plans on winning a medal at the 2022 Olympic Games.

Frimpong dances to the joy of the crowd 

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