Maame Biney made history on Saturday when she became the first Black woman to qualify for the United States Olympic speedskating team.
With her father sitting in the stands, showing his support with a sign reading, “Kick some hiney, Biney,” the 17-year-old native of Ghana did just that. After jumping out to a scorching start, Biney kept her blistering pace while keeping a safe distance from the rest of the pack. It was another easy victory for Maame. While speaking with reporters, Biney struggled to find the right words to describe her emotions at the moment. “I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she said. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy cow.’” As for the celebration which led to her fall on the ice, Biney said, “When I realized I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall. So, yeah, you’re welcome.”
Maame is the second Black speedskater to qualify for a U.S. Olympic team, joining Shani Davis who made the squad when he was 19-years-old.
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
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