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This 17-Year-Old Speedskater Is Making History & Going To The Olympics

This 17-Year-Old Speedskater Is Making History & Going To The Olympics

Human Interest

It's yet another winning moment for black girls around the world, because it's law that when one of us wins, we all win.


Black girl magic remained the anthem over the weekend when Olympic-hopeful Maame Biney solidified her position as an athlete to watch. Maame has found her true purpose in life as a speedskater. And although she was once told that she could no longer figure skate because she skated too fast, Maame became the first black woman to be added to U.S. Olympic speedskating team!

In doing so, she has also become the second black person to qualify, following in the footsteps of Shani Davis who qualified for the Winter Games back in 2002.

The 17-year-old Ghana native is yet another reminder that black girls really are the future. Girl can move!

During this past weekend's speedskating trials, Maame conquered two victorious 500-meter rounds. But with every win, comes a fail. The teenager saw the saw the humor in it though, and laughed the whole time. She told ESPN about the hilarious moment following her historic win:

"When I realized that made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy, and then I made my epic fall."

Fortunately, she was able to get back up again:

"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.'"

Her black girl joy is contagious and her skill is undeniable.

Although more of a metaphor, an arsenal of people are in Maame's corner, rooting for her success this winter. This includes her coaches, John-Henry Krueger and J.R. Celski, and a proud father. In fact, her dad's motto is: "Kick some hiney Biney!"

And that's exactly what she did.

We are all rooting for you, Maame! Congratulations on this incredible milestone and your success moving forward.

Watch Maame do her thing below.

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