New to the sport, Frimpong has been having a great start this season, and is currently ranked 103 out of 153 sliders in the world. With less than a year's experience on a sled, he is solidly competing with athletes who have three to 10 years’ experience.
Frimpong's ultimate goal is to represent Ghana in the skeleton event for the first time at the 2022 Winter Olympics. He’s began his journey by writing history as Ghana's very first athlete to qualify for the IBSF World Championships.
Frimpong has long had the dream of competing in the Olympics, and competing in the 2017 World Championships will put Ghana, and him, one step closer to his goal.
Frimpong started unsponsored and without any resources. He sells Kirby vacuums door to door to finance the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation Ghana (BSF-Ghana), and to travel internationally for competitions. BSF-Ghana is an associated member of the International IBSF, dedicated to building Ghanaian bobsleigh and skeleton talent.
Frimpong funded the first half of his training season – to the tune of $26,000 -- completely out of his own pocket. At this point, though, training has ramped up. He now competes weekly in different countries around the world, so he is unable to generate personal funding to finish out the season.
Frimpong is looking for local or national sponsors, big or small, willing to help him represent Ghana at the February World Championship event in Germany. Training will start on February 6, 2017. His estimated costs are as follows:
Flights:$1200, Lodging: $850, Food: $630, Sledding Fees and Supplies: $500, Transportation: $900