Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, an Olympic skier’s story that began in Ghana

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 11, 2010 1:08 pm

As the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver get closer, we have begun to hear harrowing stories of how many of the Olympic athletes made it to the 2010 Games.  Perhaps one of the most interesting and compelling is that of Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, who will be the first person to represent the country of Ghana in a Winter Olympics.  He is an alpine ski racer, and will be skiing the giant slalom on February 21 and the slalom on February 26.  And although he isn’t one of the favorites, there will still be a lot to talk about.  

Dubbed the “Snow Leopard,” Nkrumah-Acheampong began skiing just five years ago, at the age of 30.  He worked at an indoor ski area while he was getting his Master’s degree in London, and began skiing when he wasn’t working.  When he started training, he was dead last in the qualifying, but this past March, he reached the World Ski Federation point threshold, which enabled him to qualify for the Olympics.  He has had to work several jobs to raise money for his travels, but, alas, he has made it to Vancouver and will certainly be someone to watch over the next two weeks.