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Unlikely skeleton duo and room-mates epitomise Winter Olympic spirit

"Louella Mcdonough" (2020-06-06)


https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2Fzg5XKP3The glorious absurdity of the Winter Olympics encapsulated in two room-mates - a Jamaican who turned down a role as a hyena in a Broadway production of the Lion King to be here and the Ghanaian who would be selling best upright vacuum cleaner cleaners if he wasn't.

Anthony Watson and Akwasi Frimpong were second to last and dead last on Thursday during the first runs of the skeleton, so there is no chance that they will trouble the scorers in the final two runs on Friday.

But they stole the show anyway with the madness of their tales.






Anthony Watson and Akwasi Frimpong are encapsulating the Olympic spirit in South Korea







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In Watson's case, the Jamaican was once a junior international sprinter for the US and tried to get on their bobsleigh team, alongside releasing an album, taking up acting and learning to play eight instruments, including the ukulele.

He eventually switched nationalities to become Jamaica's first skeleton athlete here, 30 years on from the Cool Runnings tale of their bobsleigh team.

He said: 'I turned it down being in Lion King on Broadway because I decided to do off-season camp in Jamaica for two months this past summer. I was meant to be a hyena. Maybe you'll see me holding a Tony 10 years from now, I don't know.'






Ghana's Frimpong has tried to reach the Olympics in sprinting and bobsleigh before







He finally qualified in skeleton and had to sell vacuum cleaners in order to make it abroad







In Watson's case, the Jamaican was once a junior international sprinter for the United States







He turned down a role as a hyena in a Broadway production of the Lion King to be at the Games


Ghana's Frimpong has tried and failed to reach the Olympics in sprinting and bobsleigh and finally qualified in skeleton. He broke down in tears on Thursday in describing his road to Pyeongchang.

'I sold vacuums to pay for my Olympic dream,' he said. 'No one wanted to sponsor me, nobody believed I could do this. The biggest thank you is to my wife who told me in July 2015, 'I don't want you to be 99 years old and still whining about your Olympic dream'. Now I am here.

'For me, the Olympics was to break barriers, to show that black people, people from warm countries, can do this as well. I want to motivate and inspire people in my country, to show kids in a little corner what they can do.

'That little kid was just like myself, living with 10 other kids in a 4mx5m room that would never see snow before. 'Dreams can come true if you are resilient and work hard.'






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