“I am that rabbit, and I have escaped the lions [of my past]. I am no longer being eaten by all the things around my life,”
Halfway through the men’s skeleton competition, the Ghanaian is out of medal contention after finishing his first heat last among a group of 30 athletes.
Frimpong had a time record of 53.97 seconds for his first run and 54.46 seconds for his second run with another heat set for Friday, February 16, 2018.
However, the Olympic dream was far more than one without challenges and as Akwasi says, he will not be eaten by all the things around his life.
“I didn't think I really wanted to do it. A third sport trying out again, I was afraid of getting disappointed again. But my wife is the one that told me, 'Hey, I don't want you to be 99 years old and still be whining about your Olympic dream, so let's go for it,” the Ghanaian Skeleton athlete narrates to the BBC.
So, for Akwasi Frimpong, the Olympic dream came through, technically.
Representing at an Olympics means so much to athletes and Ghana’s representative made sure he did it in style.
Helmets are a must for skeleton athletes and for Akwasi Frimpong, his had to tell a story. That’s where his talk about a rabbit escaping lions come to play.
And it’s not just about the analogy behind the design, the art itself is a work of beauty.
Frimpong might have missed out on medal contention at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but he surely had the best helmet and story considering his background and road to Olympics glory.
Here are other contestants and their helmet.
Dave Greszczyszyn of Canada
Maria Marinela Mazilu of Romania
Mirela Rahneva of Canada
Katie Uhlaender of the United States
Joseph Luke Cecchini of Italy
Barrett Martineau of Canada