Behind the Games

Behind the Games: Maame Biney


During this year’s Winter Games, you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before: an African American woman competing on Team USA’s Speed Skating Team.

Even more remarkable, she’s only 18 years old!

Maame Biney was born in Africa. She moved to the United States to live with her dad when she was five. Her mother and brother still live in Ghana.

Maame didn’t like living in the United States at first. She changed her mind after visiting her first shopping mall.

To give her something to do, her father signed her up for skating lessons. The coach, however, said she was too fast. He recommended speed skating instead.

Fast forward a decade, Maame is in her first Winter Games. She’s also getting ready to head off to college where she wants to study Chemical Engineering.

Aside from watching Maame on the ice, look for her dad in the stands with his famous sign saying, “Kick some hiney, Biney!”

Tuesday, Maame came in 4th place during the 500m quarterfinal, eliminating her from the competition. Her time was 44.771 seconds.

She will compete again on Saturday, February 17, in the 1,500m race.

-Ashley Sturm

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