Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana's First Olympic Skeleton Slider, Raises The Sport's Helmet Game to New Levels
The history-making Olympian wore a helmet with a stunning and symbolic design.
Akwasi Frimpong's inspirational and groundbreaking story – becoming Ghana's first Olympic skeleton slider – is undoubtedly impressive. But his helmet design game also had fans of the Winter Olympics talking.
The Ghanian skeleton slider is only the second athlete from his country to ever compete at the Winter Games. Along with making history, Frimpong also impressed fans around the world with his style. His helmet, which he calls, "The Rabbit Theory," is both symbolic and stunning.
Akwasi Frimpong, from Ghana has the best helmet ever pic.twitter.com/rqYFwMfiqv— O.A.Brown (@anyfishanytime) February 11, 2018'
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In an interview with NBC, Frimpong, 32, explained that his helmet depicting a lion's head with its mouth open and rabbits coming out, is a tribute to him escaping hardships in his past.
"My former sprint coach Sammy Monsels talks about the analogy of a rabbit in a cage, ready to escape from a lion,” Frimpong said in an email to NBC. “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.”
Frimpong was raised in a one-room home in Kumasi, Ghana, The Atlantic reported. He then moved to the Netherlands with his mother at 8-years-old and lived without proper documentation for years. The Olympian became a legal citizen of the Netherlands at 21 and attended Utah Valley University on scholarship a year later. His journey began in track and field, then bobsled, until he settled on skeleton.
A documentary film, translated to "The Rabbit Theory" highlights Frimpong's journey.
On Thursday's games in Pyeongchang, Frimpong placed 30th in his runs, The Atlantic reported. As he tweeted on Thursday, Frimpong is officially an Olympian.