Cynthia Appiah is a celebrated Canadian Bobsledder who was an alternate brakewoman for Team Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang. She will be making history competing in the Monobob event, when it makes its debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Cynthia had an outstanding rookie start back in the 2015/2016 season as a brakewoman. She pushed for two-time Olympic champion, Kaillie Humphries, when they achieved a gold and bronze medal at the World Cup. Cynthia also backed rookie pilot Alysia Rissling to her first ever World Cup bronze medal. After PyeongChang, she decided to switch positions from brakewoman to pilot and has been in that position ever since.
Cynthia’s strongest event has become the Monobob. She claimed two victories in the event in 2019 and finished 5th at the 2021 World Championships. Despite being the victim of occasional racism competing in a sport where the Black pilots are rare, Cynthia has persevered and maintains a positive and hopeful outlook for the future.
Appiah’s journey toward a life in elite sport began through a Jays Care Foundation outreach initiative where children from under-privileged Toronto neighbourhoods are invited to learn to play baseball at a local park. Cynthia’s parents immigrated to Canada from Ghana and she’s exceptionally proud of all that her family has achieved. She’s never allowed living in Toronto Community Housing to define herself or her family. She wants to inspire all the kids growing up in difficult circumstances to chase their dreams even when they seem impossible.