Tag:Snow Leopard
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:02 pm

Notebook: 'Snow Leopard' spotted in Vancouver

By Ina Fried

There's been a lot of attention in Vancouver about a certain Snow Leopard, but this one comes from a lot further away than Cupertino, Calif.

Ghanan skier Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, who happens to have the same nickname as MAC OS X 10.6, has one attention as the only representative from the African nation at these Winter games. The Snow Leopard is slated to race on Saturday in the men's slalom race at Whistler.

Part of his nickname comes from the fact that he supports the Snow Leopard Trust, an organization devoted to protecting the endangered wild cat.

According to an article in the Times of London, Nkrumah-Acheampong got his skiing start in 2003, working as a receptionist at British indoor ski center, where he had access to gear and the ski runs.

To help fund his Olympic journey, the Snow Leopard has been selling various goods on his website.

But Nkrumah-Acheampong hopes that other Ghanans will have access to better support for skiing, with hopes to get more coaching and a grass slope in Ghana where skiers could train.

"I am a guinea pig and an experiment but I believe a skier from Ghana could compete at the top level with the right support and a little time," he said on his site.

A gigapixel view of the games

With all its many venues and pavilions, the Games can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are trying to see the big picture. I've been all over, but I was still taken aback by this incredible gigapixel image that provides a view of downtown Vancouver, the Olympic Village and many of the city venues.

The Coke index

As an official sponsor, Coca-Cola products are everywhere. That means no matter where I am, I can feed my Diet Coke/Coke Zero addiction. However, the cost of doing so varies widely.

The same bottle of soda costs $1.99 at the McDonalds at the main press center, $2.50 at the secondary hockey arena and a full $4 at the figure skating. But the best deal of all is at the unofficial BCMC press center in Robson Square. There Coke has a table where reporters can get tokens good for two free drinks a day.

The Olympics, on sale

Although lines remain at the main Olympic store, the balance of supply and demand starting to tilt to the latter when it comes to official Olympic gear.

For several days now, chain London Drugs has been offering half off all its official products, from stuffed Quatchis to scarfs to pins and postcards.

Sportchek, which had been offering T-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts at "buy one get the second half off," switched today to buy one get one free on all its official Olympic wear. But, as those who know me will attest, I'm cheap. So if readers know of even better deals, do drop me a line.

Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both CBSSports.com and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at: http://twitter.com/Inafried

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com