Good luck to that other snow leopard making all the news at the moment, Kwame-Nkrumah Acheampong, Ghana’s one-man ski team. This snow leopard only got into snow for the first time in 2003 after moving to Britain where he got a job at an indoor ski-slope in southern England.
“I began skiing at the ski center and took a few lessons as they were free for staff. But I quit my job when the love affair with skiing grew because I felt I had a good chance of making it professionally,” he told CNN.
His dream of qualifying for the Winter Olympics, came true after six years of struggle and hard work.
He’s become a celebrity at these Games with so much media interest and he’s hoping that his performances and the publicity he’s generated in Canada will inspire youngsters in his country to take to snow and ice.
I’d say he’s also generated a lot of interest in the four-legged snow leopards in the last few weeks, and snow leopard conservationists thank him for that.