While athletes are gearing up for the 2022 edition in Beijing, Africa has something historic to look forward to, as Ghana’s Jennifer Boateng is set to become the continent’s first-ever female monobob athlete at the Winter Olympics!
Jennifer Boateng from #Ghana successfully completes two bobsled runs from the top of the Calgary Olympic Bobsled track during today’s official training! #superwoman #ghanabobsleigh #history #Beijing2022 #monobob #womanempowerment @IBSFsliding pic.twitter.com/3Vg5WsOZel— bsfghana (@bsfghana1) January 9, 2019
Monobob is a version of bobsled involving only one person who serves as both the driver and brake person. While the sport will be making its debut at Beijing 2022, Boateng hopes to also make her own debut at the Winter Olympics.
Recruited by Akwasi Frimpong around April last year, she has already had a good start in monobob. She competed in the North American Cup race in Calgary, making her the first African to ever compete in monobob.
For her, there’s more to becoming a successful monobob athlete than the sport itself. Through her participation, she wants to show Ghanaian women that they can excel in any sport, just like the men. We are certainly rooting for her.