A black woman is now on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Maame Biney recently qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics — making her the first black woman and only the second black speedskater to ever join the U.S. team.
The 17-year-old is originally from Ghana.
“Since speedskating or any ice sport isn’t an option back in Africa, I would just tell all the little kids back there just to find something that you love,” Biney told Voice of America.
Biney grew up in Virginia, where she first got into figure skating. Her speed got her some attention.
Biney and the rest of the team will compete in South Korea this winter.