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Ghana Is Sending a Skier to the 2010 Olympics

Ghana Is Sending a Skier to the 2010 Olympics

[ Mon, 2010-02-01 16:00 ]
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Ghana's ski Olympian, Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong
Kwame "The Snow Leopard" Nkrumah-Acheampong, who learned to ski just six years ago -- at a snow dome -- hopes to inspire his countrymen.

Staging in the starthouse alongside such skiing stars as Bode Miller and Benjamin Raich at the 2010 Olympic slopes will be a lesser known -- but no less driven -- Olympian. Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, who will be skiing under the colors of Ghana, his home country, learned to ski just six years ago at an artificial snow dome in England, but has nevertheless qualified for the Vancouver Games. Racing with the nickname "The Snow Leopard," Nkrumah-Acheampong is hoping his efforts will encourage other Ghanians to strive for greatness. "That more people are going to come into snow sports, that's what I'm hoping to achieve," he told CNN. "Ten years from now Ghana should have a ski racer who is 10 times better than me," he told CNN. Nkrumah-Acheampong is also racing on behalf of two charities: the Snow Leopard Trust, which works to protect the endangered central Asian species; and a UK-based charity that Nkrumah-Acheampong says "takes kids in tough areas of London and out to the Alps, showing them a different side of life."