Web Exclusive: Akwasi Frimpong gets a lot of support during his intense training

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Web Exclusive: Akwasi Frimpong gets a lot of support during his intense training (Photo provided by Akwasi Frimpong)

(KUTV) Akwasi Frimpong has received a lot of support from companies and his family while he trains for skeleton races and the Olympics.

That support started early with his parents, who are always encouraging him to do his best.

"I can see in their eyes how happy they are and proud, and probably bragging behind my back, but when I just see them it's all about just keeping encouraging me to stay focused," he said.

For him, "family's first, family's important. Without family, I can't be where I am today. So that's my biggest support."

And his wife shows him a lot of support during his intense training schedule.

He trains between seven and nine times a week, waking up every morning at 4:30 to drive to Provo from Salt Lake for the first half of his training.

He then drives home to take care of his baby, eight-month-old Ashanti.

"I get a chance to watch her for a little bit," he said. He also has a chance to recover physically before heading to Park City for more hours of training.

"It's a lot of work, but it's rewarding. It's definitely fulfilling," he said.

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