'I can motivate kids in Ghana to chase their dreams' — Akwasi Frimpong

Updated 12:27 PM ET, Thu February 8, 2018

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(CNN)Growing up in a one-room home in Ghana, Akwasi Frimpong never envisaged he would one day race down a South Korean mountain with his chin resting three inches above the ice.

Yet in a freezing Pyeongchang, South Korea, Frimpong will reach speeds of 90mph as his country's first skeleton athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics.
The 31-year-old's remarkable journey has taken him from a single five-by-four meter room in Kumasi, Ghana's second most populous city, to a globe-trotting life of travel and adventure as an international sportsman.
It's been a journey fraught with setbacks. Along the way, Frimpong has been a 200m sprinter, a bobsled brakeman, a student and an entrepreneur -- but always a dreamer that refuses to accept defeat.