Athletes

Meet Ghana’s first Olympic Skeleton Bobsled athlete

Akwasi Frimpong is Ghana’s very first Olympic Skeleton athlete, making his first appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February! Frimpong is a sprinter, bobsledder and skeleton athlete. He’s had a long and hard journey that has taken him to where he is today. In light of Olympic history’s first Ghanian skeleton athlete, we want to share his story. Akwasi is Ghanian born, but moved to the Netherlands with his parents at the age of 8. After moving to the Netherlands, it took Akwasi and his family a long 13 years to finally earn a Dutch residence permit. His struggles living as an undocumented immigrant from a young age has helped shaped him into the self-assured Dutchman he is today. One of the biggest challenges was finding a school that would accept him despite his illegal residence in the country. Luck was on his side, when he met Peter Jansen,…

Nigerian Women’s bobsleigh team set to make history at Winter Olympics 2018

The Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team will be making their first ever appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this February! They will be making history as the first African sled to compete at the Winter Olympics, and the first time Nigeria will be represented at the Winter Olympics. Make no mistake, this isn’t a sequel to ‘Cool Runnings’, the team – Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga – are taking their Olympic qualification very seriously, and are looking for a medal this coming February. The team were on the way to qualifying last November, completing the fifth of their five required races in Calgary – which was on the same track that the Jamaican bobsled team rose to fame at the Winter Games in 1988 – iconic! However, to fully qualify for the Olympics, the team had to maintain their world ranking until 14th of January. There’s no doubt…

Skiers to watch out for this Winter Olympics

With just under a month left until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’re super excited to see what the athletes bring to the table! Here are some of the star skiers who have qualified for the upcoming Olympics, and you should be sure to keep an eye on! Alpine Skiing Men Austrian Alpine Skier, Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly one to watch this Olympics. His last Olympic win was at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing with a silver medal in slalom. He’s had an amazing run at the current Ski World Cup with 7 gold medals, and we’re sure to see him do all he can to get that gold in this coming Olympics! Norwegian skier, Henrik Kristoffersen is another contender to watch out for. With 9 podium finishes at this seasons World Cup, we can count on him to bring his A-game at the games in Pyeongchang this…

Marcel Hirscher wins slalom race in Zagreb!

Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest slalom athlete this season! For the 5th time in a row, Hirscher has done it again, winning the slalom in Zagreb on Thursday with a time of 1:50.65! Fellow Austrian, Michael Matt came in second with a time of 1:50.65, and Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen finished third.  Hirscher has won places on the podium in his last 12 giant slalom races in the world cup and world championships, and has won 7 of them! Proving he’s an unstoppable force this season. In light of his win, let’s take you through some of his biggest skiing achievements! World Cup Debut Making his world cup debut at the age of 18 in 2007, the half-Austrian and hap-dutch skier Marcel Hirscher quickly rose to fame and established himself as slalom king! Between 2007 and 2009, he had much success in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G…

Mikaela Shiffrin wins first Downhill Race!

She’s knows as being the ‘slalom queen’, but Mikaela Shiffrin can now add Downhill to her growing list of achievements, winning her very first World Cup downhill victory in Lake Louise last Saturday! Shiffrin scored a time of one minute 27.55 seconds, beating Germany’s Viktoria Rebesburg by 0.13 seconds, and Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin who came in third with a time of 1:27.72. Shiffrin, who was the overall World Cup winner last season was competing in just her fourth World Cup downhill race, and of her 32 World Cup wins, 26 are her triumphs in slalom. The start of the race was delayed by over an hour because of a power outage after a a power line to the Lake Louise resort failed, so the course was shortened for the race on Saturday. “Shortening the distance was definitely an advantage to me because the top section is flat and I’m not…

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Winners!

Its been an epic month of ski racing so far, so lets take you through some of our highlights! Super G – Ladies 28 year old Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein won the the season’s first Super-G race last Sunday at Lake Louise. Weirather was also last years Super-G crystal globe winner, proving herself again by barreling down the slopes in 1:18.52 seconds. Second place went to last year’s super-G winner Lara Gut from Switzerland with a time of 1:18.63, while the super-G reigning champ Nicole Schmidhofer finished third with a time of 1:18.79. Drama unveiled when American skier Lindsey Vonn – the all time biggest winner in the discipline, failed to finish the Super-G race after crashing for her second time this season. She unfortunately failed to keep her skis under her when taking a wide turn, resulting in a slide out. Although Vonn had a nightmare weekend at Lake…

Athletes of Sprongo – Mikaela Shiffrin

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela is an American Alpine Ski Racer with the US Ski Team. She has won multiple Skiing World Championships and won an Olympic gold medal at only 18. She is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic Alpine skiing history! In light of Mikaela Shiffrin winning the Serge Lang Trophy (also knows as the  Skieur d’Or Award) for this year, we would like to take you through some of Mikaela’s biggest achievements over her athletic career. Early Comings Mikaela is in fact the daughter of two ski racers, growing up with the snow sport at a young age. When she was only 8, she had already become a talented ski racer. She joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy…

Athletes of Sprongo – Sarah Sjostrom

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Sarah Sjostrom. Sarah is a Swedish World Record Swimmer, specializing in butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle, however its pretty safe to say – she is incredibly exceptional in her butterfly races. She is a holder of multiple World Records – in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 200 meter freestyle, 50 meter butterfly, and the 100 meter butterfly. Not to mention, she is the first Swedish woman to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal in Swimming. If you think she can’t get better than this.. you are utterly wrong. Read on! Her International Breakout At the age of just 14, Sarah won her very first international gold medal  in the Women’s 100m butterfly at the 2008 European Championships. She even broke the Swedish…

The Ontario National Ski Academy (NSA)

NSA The National Ski Academy (NSA) in Ontario in Canada use Sprongo to develop and improve their students. NSA was established in 1986 and is a non-profit registered charity. They aim to provide an environment where student athletes can maximize their potential through alpine ski racing excellence, personal growth and academic achievement. In 2010 they became a Ministry of Education inspected private school. They can grant high school credits in grades 9 to 12. Holistic Approach They deliver their vision through a holistic approach. This builds on the individual students addressing three core development areas. These are academics, fitness and ski racing. NSA has a winter home in Collingwood and a summer home is Saas Fee Switzerland. Each home provides the full facilities, professional coaches, teachers and trainers the students need to succeed. They are the only high school credit granting academy in the whole of Canada that provide this holistic program.…

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