Ghana''s skier, known as the snow leopard, arrives for Winter Games
Dateline: Vancouver, 11 Feb 2010
Date: 12/02/2010 06:50 AM
1. Ghanaian Olympic Alpine skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, known as the Snow Leopard, waiting in Robson Square
2. Various of Nkrumah-Acheampong entering British Columbia Media Centre, waiting with members of his family
3. Wide of Nkrumah-Acheampong talking to journalists
4. Close of jacket with leopard design
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, Ghanaian Olympic Alpine skier:
"It started off without pressure but now there''s a lot of pressure mounting, because we have got like ten media groups coming from Ghana and it''s going to be crazy."
6. Close of Nkrumah-Acheampong
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, Ghanaian Olympic Alpine skier:
"I mean, as much time as we can get on the mountain, it''s good. We had ten days on Mount Washington, absolutely fantastic. It snowed a bit more than we expected but we are close to being prepared."
8. Close of ''Ghana Ski Team'' badge on jacket
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, Ghanaian Olympic Alpine skier:
"I think the Snow Leopard nickname, I''ve kind of grown into it, it''s not something that was me. What I''ve tried to use the whole concept for is to do some charity work."
10. Mid of Nkrumah-Acheampong at reception
Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, the first athlete from the West African nation of Ghana ever to qualify for the Winter Games, arrived in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon.
The man known as the Snow Leopard of Alpine skiing will be Ghana''s flagbearer at the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday.
Nkrumah-Acheampong is a one-man team and says he can''t wait for the games to begin and finally compete, although expectations are high in his home country.
"It started off without pressure but now there''s a lot of pressure mounting, because we have got like ten media groups coming from Ghana and it''s going to be crazy," he said.
The 35-year-old taught himself to ski just six years ago while working at an indoor snow centre in the United Kingdom.
He is set to race in the men''s giant slalom scheduled on February 21 at Whistler and the slalom on February 27.