Akwasi Frimpong undergoes surgery for rare foot condition

Frimpong aims to improve his performance and increase his chances of qualifying for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics

Ghanaian winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong has revealed he underwent successful foot surgery on Tuesday, June), in preparation for the upcoming skeleton season.

The procedure addressed a rare condition known as calcaneonavicular coalition. Frimpong aims to improve his performance and increase his chances of qualifying for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics.

The Ghanaian, known for his groundbreaking representation of Ghana at the 2018 Winter Olympics, disclosed the news on his LinkedIn page.

“I have courageously made the decision to undergo a foot surgery, a bold move five months before the 2024/2025 skeleton season, eight months prior to the Skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, USA, and sixteen months ahead of the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympic Games qualification.”

He highlighted the challenges he faced due to the undiagnosed condition. “Since childhood, I carried two bones fused together in my foot, a condition that went unnoticed until recently,” Frimpong said. “The persistent pain since September 2022 has challenged me physically and emotionally, hindering my ability to walk, run, and train effectively for the past two years.”

While acknowledging the challenging road to recovery, Frimpong remains focused on his ultimate goal: qualifying for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (6–22 February, 2026).

“Now, I face a challenging road to recovery as I strive to qualify for the upcoming World Championships but, most importantly, the 2026 Winter Olympics,” Frimpong said. “Gratitude fills my heart for the support and expertise that have guided me through this journey.”

“Though the path ahead may be arduous, I am determined to maintain a positive mindset and dedicate myself wholeheartedly to working with Dr. Britt at Wasatch Sports Factory in my recovery process, giving my all towards achieving my athletic dreams.”

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