Meet Frank Fredericks, Athlete Role Model for Innsbruck 2012!
Athlete Frank Fredericks holds a unique place in history as the first, and to this day, only Namibian to win an Olympic medal. In fact, Frank won not one but four medals during his career, taking second place in both the 100m and 200m consecutively at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
Now, as an Athlete Role Model for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, Frank is looking forward to passing on the baton to a younger generation. “I am honoured to be able to give back to the younger generation as sport has played a significant role in my life,” he said.
Drawing on personal experience, Frank said of the Culture and Education Programme: “I have seen firsthand the adverse effects of doping on the lives of accomplished athletes. Therefore, I believe that the programme is a great opportunity for the athletes to learn at an early age about the dangers of doping.”
Himself an icon to many aspiring athletes, Frank’s own sporting hero was the Brazilian football legend Pelé and both shared an unwavering commitment and passion for their respective sports.
“Pursuing an active sports career as an athlete is not easy and there are no short cuts in life,” explains Frank. “Therefore, work hard and always treat your competitors with respect.”
Wise words from Frank, and stay tuned for more Athlete Role Model introductions over the coming weeks!