17-year-old Speed skater makes history in PyeongChang

Going for the Gold
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (WAVY) – A speed skater with ties to Virginia is making history this Olympics.

Maame Biney is the first black woman to qualify for Team USA in speed skating. Biney is also memorable for her personality because she does not stop laughing and smiling.

That’s probably because she has a lot to be happy about.

Biney was just 17-years-old in December when she blew away the competition at trials and won the 500-meter short track.

And get this – she only found out because she saw a video of herself when she was scrolling through Instagram.

“I saw like the video and it was like first black female speed skater to make the Olympic team and I was like, ‘Oh, I actually am that, cool,'” Biney said. “I’m representing everyone who thinks they can’t do it, but they should do it.”

Biney, born in Ghana, moved to the U.S. at just 6 years old. Olympic-watchers say Biney could be the future of U.S. speed skating.

She starts competing early Saturday morning, so be sure to watch and cheer her on!

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