Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

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Remember this name: Maame Biney. The short track speedskater just turned 18; she's not even out of high school. But she's already one of the biggest U.S. names at the Winter Olympics. When Biney won the 500-meter finals at team trials in December , with a personal-best time of 43.161 seconds, she became the first African-American woman ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. (Twenty-five-year-old Erin Jackson is the second, qualifying in long track.) She is competing this week in the women's 500- and 1,500-meter races in Gangneung, South Korea. Biney has a goofy giggle and an electric, nonstop smile. Her game face, though, is something else. "It's not this!" she says. "It's like, 'Don't be in my way, 'cuz I'm probably gonna kill you!'"...

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Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

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