Ghana’s Snow Leopard records Olympic dream song with Cape Breton fiddler MacIsaac
given him a free ride, prompting him to say he feels the country has taken him under its wing.
“It was fantastic to see people reaching deep into their own pockets to support a team when they didn’t have any connection in terms of being Canadians supporting Canadian Olympians and trying to support us as well,” Acheampong said.
He said prior Canadian Olympic underdog stories like the Jamaican bobsleigh team and British ski jumper Eddie (The Eagle) Edwards from the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary have contributed to his popularity in Canada.
But Acheampong said he wants Canadians to know he is a serious competitor who qualified for the Games. He said his Olympic dream is to encourage others from Ghana to take up skiing and compete in the Olympics.
The Scottish-born Acheampong said he first learned to ski at an indoor ski facility in England, but in six years managed to qualify for the Olympics.
He said he picked up several bad skiing habits in his early years without coaching, but has been making great strides.
Acheampong, who describes his skiing style as copy cat, said he won’t win a medal at Whistler, but he won’t finish last, either.