Twelve years after immigrating to the United States from Ghana, Maame Biney has become the first African-American woman to win a spot on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, headed for PyeongChang in February.
At 17, she’s the youngest speedskater on the U.S. team. Still, the accomplished high schooler – who wants to become a chemical engineer – doesn’t take herself too seriously. “I just hope everyone sees how fun the sport is, when you can just go fast and just be awesome,” she said. She hopes girls who watch her will be inspired to pursue their own dreams.