Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Out Of Africa

That's No Uphill Struggle

A Glasgow-born African skier who only saw snow for the first time five years ago is the first Ghanaian to qualify for the Winter Olympics. Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, 33, nicknamed the Snow Leopard, said, "Even now, when I go to big events, there are people who refuse to believe that an African can ski."

FOOTNOTE: Go for cold.

15 comments:

Ananda girl said...

That is so funny! Do they not realize that Africa has mountains like everyone else and would have snow as well?

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Love it! Very funny! Too bad so many have so little knowledge of Geography!

Margaret's Ramblings said...

"Cool Rnning Two" maybe?

Margaret

Janet said...

I love those success stories.

jinksy said...

It was even more strange, when he was on the TV news a few days back, to see the tiny, indoor ski slope where he learned to do it!

Sujatha said...

Had the same thought as Margaret - A Cool Running 2 in the making!

spacedlaw said...

Strange, considering the high mountains there are in Africa. Much higher than in Scotland.

Nessa said...

Like the Jamaican bob sledders from years ago.

Moannie said...

Well good luck to him...hope he doesn't suffer the same fate as our Eddie the Eagle. We love him but he was made into a bit of a buffoon by the press.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hope he wins gold!
That will 'snow' them!

Lola said...

I'm not a sports fan but these accomplishment stories are always very touching.

Debbie said...

Bless his heart. I can't wait to see how he does.

Babooshka said...

I can identify with this. You know I live on a daft little island, it rarely snows. Well guess what we have a world class snowbaording champion. As they say you couldn't make it up.

Sandi McBride said...

Do you remember the Jamaican Bobsledders who practiced on sand? Wow!
Sandi

introspection said...

I hope he does well in the winter olympics.