“Some people were sceptical, others just did not believe that it was possible to train in such a short period of time and try and qualify, but I think now I can stand up and say it’s possible.”
Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong of Ghana, who never saw snow until he moved to England when he was 28, has qualified for the Winter Olympics as a skier at the age of 34. The “snow leopard”, as he likes to be referred to, is now so good he’ll be the one-man Ghanaian ski team in Vancouver’s Winter Olympics in 2010. By chance Kwame got a job at an indoor ski center and took up skiing as a hobby, since employees were allowed to use the slope for free. He made rapid progress and one of the coaches at the center suggested that he should take up the challenge of racing.
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