The video detailing the life and career of Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong has been released on YouTube ©On running/YouTube

A short documentary film detailing the life and career of Ghanaian skeleton racer Akwasi Frimpong, the first African male to compete in the sport at the Winter Olympic Games, has been released on YouTube.

The 11-minute video, entitled "Black Ice" and directed by Hungryman in collaboration with his sponsor On-Running, tells the story of Frimpong and his achievement in qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

The 35-year-old finished 30th on his Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018, with his qualification for the Games considered inspiration for aspiring winter athletes from Africa.

"Don't listen to anyone who says you can't achieve success," a quote from Frimpong at the end of the video reads.

"Listen to your heart and to the voice in your head telling you that you can do it."

Frimpong wanted to compete at next month's Winter Olympics in Beijing before his hopes were dashed after he tested positive for COVID-19, ending his chances of qualifying for a second consecutive Games.

His coaches Brian McDonald and Zach Lund called on the International Olympic Committee and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) to reinstate continental quota places for Beijing 2022, but their last-ditch efforts were rejected.

Frimpong and Nigeria’s Simidele Adeagbo both benefited from the continental qualification system for Pyeongchang 2018.

Frimpong is ranked 65th in the IBSF men’s skeleton standings and is the highest ranked African athlete in history in the IBSF North American Cup circuit having achieved the placing of eighth overall this season.

He was set to compete at IBSF Intercontinental Cup races in Altenberg and a World Cup event in Winterberg only to pull out of the German competitions after twice testing positive for coronavirus.