Maame Biney Becomes the First African American Woman to Qualify for U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team
17-year-old Maame Biney is making history after becoming the first black woman to qualify for a U.S Olympic speedskating team…Talk about #BlackGirlMagic!
On Saturday (December 16), the Ghana native skated her way to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials –beating fellow Olympians Jessica Kooreman, Lana Gehring, and Katherine Reutter-Adamek, as ESPN reports. “I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she exclaimed. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘holy cow.’” With her father holding a sign that read, “Kick some hiney Biney,” she did just that!
Seventeen-year-old speedskater Maame Biney just punched her ticket to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. pic.twitter.com/VlrLuQFrMW
— Chris Kamrani (@chriskamrani) December 16, 2017
After crossing the finish line, Biney began to celebrate and took a little tumble on the ice but went down laughing. “When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy, and then I made my epic fall,” she said.
Her dad held a sign reading: “Kick some hiney, Biney”
And boy oh boy, did she ever. pic.twitter.com/d9zjf7iUop
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) December 17, 2017
According to ESPN, Biney will be the second black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team. Back in 2002, 19-year-old Shani Davis qualified for the short track team – he later moved to long track and earned four medals, including two golds.
Photo Credit: Maame Biney/Instagram