Heading for the Olympics

Posted: 12th October 2010 by intr_admin in Communication team

What you need for success is already planted deep down inside of you. The root of your success starts in believing in yourself, then it is nurtured with a positive attitude, and then hard work and persistence will bring your success to reality©~Akwasi Frimpong©

I have made this website with the intention of keeping all my valued supporters, as well as anyone else that is interested in me and my accomplishments. I plan on posting my achievements, and keep everyone up to date with how I am aiming to achieve my ultimate goal – to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia . On this website you will find information concerning my participation in athletic events, personal best times, achievements, and news involving me in the media.

Facebook message from Akwasi after the second and final Olympic team trials in Oberhof Germany on December 22, 2013.

The second and final Olympic team testing is over. I made a huge progression; concidering my size and the short time being involved. Competed against guys who have been doing bobsledding for more than 3 and some even over 7 years. I started this 9 months ago, gave my all; but the rest was better. I will remain as a standby ( third spare) in the Olympic team, but for now it’s over. Congrats to my team mates that did make it and everyone else, thank  you for your help. I truly appreciate all the help and support I received around the globe. This hurts. #SadChristmas, but heads up; life has more to offer. #countingmyblessings #sportsmanship.”

SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202823172126338&set=a.2566071517056.2148296.1412216370&type=1&theater

akwasi frimpong second olymp trials dec 2013

Akwasi Frimpong is training in Amsterdam this week for the second and final Dutch Olympic bobsled team trials. Five Dutch alternates are fighting for one more spot on the Dutch 4man team of Pilot Edwin van Calker.  Edwin qualified last week in Lake Placid during the world cup race with his 4man team. The  Dutch team trials will be in Oberhof Germany on Monday December 23rd. Frimpong will then know if he is for sure going to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games or if he will remain standby and only get invited when someone gets injured or ill during the Olympics.

here are a few links to Frimpong’s training at the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium.

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Ik duim al een tijdje voor de kansen van de Zuidooster sprinter Akwasi Frimpong om zich te presenteren op de Olympische Spelen. Volgende week maandag (23e) is een spannende dag voor hem.

In 2012 was de hoop van de sprinter gevestigd op het estafetteteam 4x 100 meter. Het halen van de Spelen van Londen was zijn ultieme doel. Het mocht niet zo zijn. Maar de in Ghana geboren Akwasi treurde niet lang en liet zich verleiden om in een andere discipline actief te worden om zo alsnog zijn doel te halen. Sinds dit jaar legt hij zich toe in de bobsport. Als remmer van de bob moet hij zo snel mogelijk de slee het ijskanaal in duwen om vervolgens bij de finish weer te remmen.

In het team van De Bruin heeft hij al een paar maanden mee kunnen draaien. Aklwasi heeft zelfs een prijsje gepakt bij een competitie in Amerika. Inmiddels heeft een ander Nederlands team, de viermansbob van Van Calker, zich al geplaatst voor de winterspelen van Sochi.

Teams zijn al jaren bezig in wisselende samenstelling om zich voor te bereiden op deze spelen. De bobsleebond heeft Akwasi in het vizier als reserve voor een Nederlandse slee. Het aantal plaatsen is beperkt en afhankelijk van het aantal teams dat ons land mag afvaardigen. Maar hij zal zich nog moeten bewijzen in een test met tenminste 5 ervaren remmers/duwers. Maandag is de selectie in Duitsland en dan valt het besluit of hij zich in ieder geval ‘reserve’ mag noemen.

Hij is pas een klein jaar intensief bezig, vanuit zijn studieland Amerika, om zich te bekwamen in de sport. Dat is een hele korte periode. Toch maakt hij een kans. Hij werkte zich in de afgelopen week in het zweet (hier en hier) in het Olympisch Stadion van Amsterdam om klaar te zijn voor deze dag. Maar gisteren vond hij ook even tijd voor een korte ontmoeting bij me op kantoor.

Akwasi Frimpong and Dutch politician Emile Jaensch

Met zijn enorme spierbundel kreeg ik een handdruk. Akwasi overhandigde me een T-shirt met daarop zijn Road to History. Altijd ben ik weer onder de indruk van zijn motivatie en overtuiging dat hij zijn doel gaat halen. Zijn focus is enorm. Hij ziet niet het gevaar van een bob die op hoge snelheid door een ijsbaan heen duikt. Hij traint heel gericht op de oefeningen. Alleen de prestatie maandag is belangrijk om weer de volgende horde te kunnen nemen. Ik vertrouw op een goede prestatie van Akwasi en hoop dat de keuzeheren van de bond in Duitsland, met hem historie willen maken.

Source: Emile Jaensch blog

 

Akwasi Frimpong and Dutch bobsled pilot, Ivo de Bruin, take silver in the American’s Cup race in Park City. This was Frimpong’s first 2man race ever with the Dutch national team. Last year he raced in the 4men team. Frimpong pushed at the start 18 hundreds faster than his best push ever here in Park City.  After the first run against 27 sleds from all over the world, the two were ranked third. Frimpong pushed a time of 5.07 seconds at the start. During the second run he pushed a 5.00 seconds and pilot, Ivo drove an even better second run which put the two overall at a second place. The performance Frimpong and de Bruin put together was outstanding; even with the bad weather with rain and snow. With Frimpong being lighter than most bobsled brakemen he got an extra18 kilos in the sled to push with. This is a world class performance from a guy who has only been doing bobsledding for ten months and who is about 25 kilos lighter than most brakeman. According to Frimpong, he still has so much to learn and there is plenty room for improvement. But he is very happy with the way he has started the season on the Olympic bobsled track where he sat in a bobsled for the first time.

The team will race again this week on Friday and Saturday at the same track in Park City at 2pm mountain time.

Akwasi Frimpong and Ivo de Bruin American's Cup Park City 2013 Akwasi Frimpong 2man Park City2

photos by Alan Poulson

Note after this post (Nov.22.2013):
The team got disqualified for a minor material problem. This issue has been resolved and today the team took a silver medial again.

The 2013 American’s Cup Practice Runs in Calgary

Posted: 14th November 2013 by intr_admin in Communication team

Today, Akwasi Frimpong, pushed Dutch pilot, Ivo de Bruin, twice to a personal best bottom time in practice during the last 2013 FIBT American’s Cup practice runs in Calgary, Canada. Frimpong also pushed a personal best in Calgary at the start. Frimpong who is around 85 kilos received an extra 18 kilos weight in the sled to equal a race day circumstances when team mate Yannick Greiner (100 kilos body weight) pushes Ivo during the FIBT American’s Cup 2 man races on Thursday and Friday. A heavier sled makes it harder to push faster start times, but a heavier sled helps a driver drive better. Frimpong will be part of de Bruin 2man bobsled team, till the second Dutch Olympic team trials on December 23, 2013 in Overbof. Frimpong then hopes to make the 4man team where his body weight and speed may suit best and where he can be a great asset for Dutch Bobteam van Calker towards Sochi2014.

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Sliding on the 1988 Winter Olympic Bobsled Track

Posted: 12th November 2013 by intr_admin in Communication team

The Dutch bosbsled team with pilot Ivo de Bruin and brakeman Akwasi en Yannick Greiner are in Calgary, Canada for the first FIBT American’s Cup race.

Yesterday, Akwasi  had the privilege to push with bobsled pilot, Ivo de Bruin,  in practice at the 1988 Winter Olympic bobsled track in Calgary. This is the legendary bobsledtrack where the Jamaican team appeared for the first time with their Cool Running team. Frimpong can now officially add a 4th bobsled track to his records. “Pushing a bobsled as a brakeman is technically getting better”, Frimpong says.  “But there is  still a lot of work to do”.  He wish he could learn faster , so he can push more towards his potential, but it all takes time. Last week, when Frimpong pushed in the Calgary ice house, Lascelles Brown, one of the best bobsled brakeman in the world noticed Frimpong as a great potential. He responded with the following comment, “This Akwasi guy, got some wheels, if he can put everything together he will be a great brakeman”. Frimpong will like to thank  his team mate Ivo, Yannick Greiner,  team manager, Sean Butler , and from a distance, coach Tim O’Mara for all the support and coaching. As for now Frimpong will only be doing practice runs here in Calgary and hopefully compete next week in Park City during the second FIBT American’s Cup race.

Calgary Olympic Bobsleigh track

Trainings camp in La Plagne, France

Posted: 12th October 2013 by intr_admin in Communication team

The Dutch pre-Olympic bobsled team arrived Thursday October 10th in La Plagne, France for a two weeks training camp. The La Plagne bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is a bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track located in La Plagne, France. The track was the venue for the bobsleigh and luge competitions for the 1992 Winter Olympics whose host city was neighboring Albertville.

According to Akwasi Frimpong, this kind of training weeks are very important for the team to get used to sliding again on ice and working together on pushing the bosbled and the timing of the load. Also every run is a chance for Akwasi to prove himself to the team and learn to become a better bobsled brakeman.

After this camp, the team will leave on November 8 for six weeks to North America to kick off the first part of the season.

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Pushing Into History

Posted: 21st September 2013 by intr_admin in Communication team
Akwasi slid just a bit closer to his Olympic Dreams this week. In Oberhof, Germany, he competed against other bobsled pushers from the Netherlands, putting his muscle and his determination into every test.
His first day there, Sept. 17, 2013, was a struggle. He was the rookie, fighting for a spot against many other more seasoned hopefuls. “Day one was good,” he said. “But it was not good enough to get noticed. I did really well, but the rest were better.”
He finished 7th that day – good, but not high enough to make it to an Olympic  four-man bobsled spot. The next day he competed for a two-man bobsled spot. He was at an immediate disadvantage, because he was one of the lightest men out there. To level the playing field, all pushers lighter than the heaviest competitor had to add weight to their sled. Thus, Akwasi pushed an extra 25 pounds. He knew he was against some great athletes, many of whom were pushing less weight than him.
“I knew if I wanted to get noticed and possibly selected, I had to give my all and surprise myself and the Dutch team,” Akwasi said. “Which I did. While most athletes pushed on average about five hundredths slower than the first day with a lighter sled, I stayed consistent. I had a faster velocity than I did the day before and pushed three hundredths faster than my first day.” He didn’t realize it, but he’d placed 4th. “I was not paying attention at the ranking at all, I just focused on getting better at each push,” he said.
The next day, when he found out he’d made the Dutch Pre-Olympic two-man bobsled team, he was excited, elated, relieved, amazed, and more. “There is still a lot of work to do as a team, and I’m ready to work and be an asset in the Olympic bobsled team, and hopefully make it together with the team to Sochi,” he said. What’s next? First, a training camp in La Plange, France in October. Then in November, the first part of the competitive season starts, with stops in Calgary, Park City, and Lake Placid. After that, there will be a second round of Olympic team trials in Germany for the Dutch brakeman athletes that have made it in the Pre-Olympic team. “I have to keep training hard, stay healthy, humble and sharp for the battle is not over yet,” he said. “After this, the second half of the season will be in Europe and then the Olympics in Sochi in February 2014. I know one thing for sure, if I get to go to the games, I’m going with the best bobsled athletes the Dutch team has, and it is an honor and a privilege.”
 
From Akwasi:
Thank you all for your support. A big thank you to coach Tim O’Mara – you got me ready at the right time! Ivo de Bruin – thank you so much for giving me this opportunity, and for introducing me to bobsledding to keep my Olympic dream alive.
Akwasi Frimpong Dutch Olympic bobsled team member
Interview by Karissa Neely