During Thursday’s skeleton, NBC cameras got a good view of Ghanaian skeleton slider Akwasi Frimpong’s intricate helmet. It’s an illustration of a rabbit inside the mouth of a lion. The rabbit doesn’t seem like it’s panicking and instead looks fairly calm.
Still, it’s a bold illustration. The imagery is powerful at face value for his competitors, but it also holds a deeper meaning, according to NBC:
“My former sprint coach Sammy Monsels talks about the analogy of a rabbit in a cage, ready to escape from a lion,” Frimpong said in an email Monday. “I am that rabbit, and I have escaped the lions [of my past]. I am no longer being eaten by all the things around my life.”
With that, the helmet works in an even more intricate way, as Frimpong and the rabbit both go sliding down to escape the lion and beat the competition. The lion, of course, will also be there but there will be no fear in the journey.
Frimpong wasn’t the only competitor to wear a cool helmet, but he told a compelling story.
However, the first Ghanaian to qualify for the men’s skeleton event came last in all his events.