We Coming For Your Sports Too: Maame Biney Becomes The First Black Woman to Qualify For U.S Speed Skating Olympic Team
17 year old Ghanaian-American, Maame Biney, has become the first black woman to qualify for the U.S Olympic speed skating team.
Biney, cruised to victory on Saturday, beating established Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek at the First 500 final at the short trail.
"I can't believe it, aww geez," she said after squealing with joy. "It's a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I'm like, 'Holy cow.'"
In her second race and final race, Biney took an early lead and kept a wide gap between herself and her competition. Securing her spot on the Olympic team.
“When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she said.
Maame wasn’t the only one filled with joy, her father was seen in the crowd cheering her on, whilst holding a poster with “Kick some Hiney, Biney” in the crowd.
This achievement is a great addition for black women paving the way in the Winter Olympics; following the qualification of the Nigerian woman’s bobsled team.
The Winter Olympics kicks of February 9th, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.