Maame Biney Is The First Black Woman To Make The U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team

Ghana native Maame Biney is among several black women breaking glass ceilings in the U.S. Olympics. At 17 years old, she secured her place on the Olympic speed skating team after winning the World Cup qualifier Saturday, (Dec. 16) NBC reports. She out-skated Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek in the women’s 500-meter fist final.

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Biney will be the second black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team, the first being Shani Davis who was 19 years old when he qualified for the short track team in 2002, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I can’t believe it,” she told reporters. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy Cow.’ When I crossed the finish line, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was just like, ‘I got first! That’s so cool!'”

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This is black excellence at its finest.