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Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong (born 19 December 1974 nicknamed "The Snow Leopard", is a Ghanaian skier and is the first person from Ghana to take part in the Winter Olympics, at the2010 Games held in Vancouver, Canada, taking part in the slalom. He finished 53rd out of 102 participants of whom 54 finished. Nkrumah-Acheampong was born in Glasgow, Scotland,where his father was working towards a doctorate. As a child, he moved away from Glasgow to Ghana, to a town an hour away from Accra, the capital. He became a safari guide andlater moved to England in 2000. In 2002, he took a job as a receptionist at the Xscape skiing centre in Milton Keynes, where he began to practice skiing.
[edit] CareerNkrumah-Acheampong is married to his wife Sena, who works as a secretary at the Open University in Milton Keynes. They have two children, daughter Ellice and son Jason. He is notrelated to the former Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah.

In 2005, Nkrumah-Acheampong attempted to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. However, he failed to arriveat the qualifying stages being held in Iran because his aeroplane flight was grounded in Amsterdam in the Netherlands because of ice on the wings. In 2009, he successfullymanaged to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, scoring 137.5 International Ski Federation points, within the qualifying range of 120-140 points. Nkrumah-Acheampongtook part in the men's slalom where he finished 53th out of 102 competitors, 54 of whom finished.
Nkrumah-Acheampong is also supporting a range of charities, including Sabre, aBritish charity working in Ghana which builds schools in deprived areas. He also donates any spare sponsorship money to a charity helping to save the snow leopard from extinction.
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