Ghanaian-American Maame Biney Is the First Black Woman to Qualify for the USA Olympic Speedskating Team
The 17-year-old has just made history—and we're here for it.
Ghanaian-born athlete Maame Biney just made the world pay attention to not only the winter sport of speedskating—but to her domination of it.
The 17-year-old became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meter race, ESPN reports.
Watch her kick ass, with her father encouraging such with his cute sign, below.
Her dad held a sign reading: "Kick some hiney, Biney'' And boy oh boy, did she ever. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/d9zjf7iUop— U.S. Olympic Team (@U.S. Olympic Team) 1513473903.0
"When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy, and then I made my epic fall," she says catching up with ESPN.
Biney's accomplishment is a great addition to black, African women leading the way in representing their communities in winter sports.
The reactions on Twitter show that the world is ready to watch, especially since someone who looks like them will be dominating the Olympics.
I'm so pleased that Maame Biney and the Nigerian bobsled team are continuing the legacy of West African participation in winter sports.— Moga Stone (@Moga Stone) 1513598443.0
Oh we taking over SPEED SKATING? BET. https://t.co/UITjB75dyS— the first noelle 🎄 (@the first noelle 🎄) 1513530516.0
ALL OF THIS WINNIN!!!! #BlackExcellence #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock @BineyMaame #MaameBiney https://t.co/z9wCLAkWGj— Antonia Lawrence (@Antonia Lawrence) 1513576944.0
Biney joins Shani Davis as the second black speedskater to join a U.S. Olympic team.