Black Girl Magic made its way to the sport of skeepskating with Maame Biney making history this past weekend after becoming the first black woman to join the United States Olympic speedskating team. The 17-year-old Ghana native, who now lives in Virginia, sailed to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek.
Her father showed his support in the stands, holding a sign that read: “Kick some hiney, Biney.”
Following her pair of victories in the 500 meters, the emotional Biney said to reporters, “I can’t believe it, aww geez. It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy cow.'”
After crossing the finish line, Biney began clapping and pumping her arms so hard that she lost her balance and fell — laughing on the way down.
“When I realized I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she added. “So, yeah, you’re welcome.”
We will certainly be tuning into the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, which run Feb. 9-25th. The Women’s Speedskating, which Biney will be competing in, begins on February 10th with the Women’s 3000 meter.