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[PyeongChang 2018] Ghana's sole Olympic athlete thanks Korean support in PyeongChang

The sole athlete from Ghana at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Friday thanked his Korean financial backer and supporters for making his dream of competing at the Olympics come true.

Skeleton slider Akwasi Frimpong from Ghana, who is also the only athlete representing the West African country, came in last, at 30th, at the men's skeleton event held at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang on Friday. South Korea's Yun Sung-bin won gold, becoming the first Asian to win a medal in the history of the Olympic skeleton competition. Nikita Tregubov of the Olympic Athletes from Russia won silver, followed by Dom Parsons of Britain clinching bronze.

"The people of Korea are amazing. Thanks to Korea's wallet, I've been able to make my dream become a reality," Frimpong said in a mixed zone interview after the event.

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13
Feb
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Maame Biney Makes History On US Short Track Speedskating Team

The short track speedskater just turned 18; she's not even out of high school. But she is already one of the biggest U.S. names at the Winter Olympics.

When Biney won the 500-meter finals at team trials in December, with a personal-best time of 43.161 seconds, she became the first African-American woman ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. (Twenty-five-year-old Erin Jackson is the second, qualifying in long track.) She is competing this week in the women's 500- and 1,500-meter races in Gangneung, South Korea.

Biney has a goofy giggle and an electric, nonstop smile. Her game face, though, is something else.

"It's not this!" she says. "It's like, 'Don't be in my way, 'cuz I'm probably gonna kill you!' "

And with that, realizing she has blurted something impolitic, she covers her face with her hands and collapses in laughter.

"Fierce and strong"

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