Summer 2024

Speed skater Maame Biney thanks God for getting to Olympics; now she's becoming a star

The shortest event in Olympic short track speed skating is the 500m. That means racers need to get out in front early and hold off their opponents. Eighteen-year-old American Maame Biney did a masterful job of that to advance to the quarterfinals of the women’s 500m, which will take place starting at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday.

The first African American female to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speed skating team, Biney is quickly becoming a fan favorite, partly because of her animated father.

Here’s her father, Kweku:

Biney is the lone American left in the women’s 500m, yet not expected to wind up in the final. She’s ranked No. 10 in the world and really only came onto the world stage with a bronze at the 2017 World Junior Championships. She earned her spot on the top American team in August at the U.S. Short Track World Cup Qualifiers, where she won the 500m and finished top three in the 1000m and 1500m, earning the top overall ranking.

She then made her World Cup circuit debut in the fall, with her top individual result being fifth in the 500m in Shanghai.

Biney later made the U.S. Olympic team upon sweeping the 500m races at the Olympic Trials in December. Overjoyed with qualifying for the Olympics, she thanked her Heavenly Father and earthly father:

You can watch Biney compete in the Olympic 500m quarterfinals (and semis and finals if she advances) here.

Later this weekend, she’ll also compete in the women’s 1500m, which you can watch here.

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