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Ghana's 'snow leopard' off to Winter Olympics

Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, 33, is nicknamed "the Snow Leopard" and this week became the first Ghanaian ever to qualify for the games, which are being staged in Vancouver next year.... read full story

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Nkrumah-Acheampong was born in Glasgow while his father was studying for a postgraduate degree in the city, but was raised in Ghana without ever seeing a snowflake.
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After moving back to Britain as a student in 2002, he was introduced to snow after becoming a receptionist at a ski centre with an indoor real-snow slope.
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He finished 13th in his first race and spent his debut professional season in 2004 at Meribel in the French Alps, where he watched other racers and copied them.
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The last four winters have been in the Italian Alps, funded by his summer jobs around Milton Keynes, and by the work of his wife, Sena, at the Open University.
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The father-of-two said: "All I had ever known about skiing was watching a James Bond film, so it really just took off from there.
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"The coaches said I had a natural talent and I've never found skiing difficult. But it has been a hard fight.
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Mr Nkrumah-Acheampong has also launched a campaign in Ghana to encourage youngsters to take up the sport.
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"We gave them grass skis and then took them to a fish refrigeration unit at Tema to let them feel what the cold is like," he said.