Ghana’s Snow Leop­ard records Olympic dream song with Cape Bre­ton fid­dler MacIsaac

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DIRK MEISS­NER

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.

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