The Black History Hero of the Day is Maame Biney! She is the first African-American woman to make the U.S. Olympic speed skating team.
Ghana-born Biney began speed skating when she was six-years-old, a year after immigrating to the U.S.A. with her dad. She was told that she was too fast to figure skate, and that led her to a new adventure. Speed skating was her calling; it seems that she is destined for greatness. She won the bronze medal in the 500-meters at the 2017 World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the America's Cup at the U.S Speed Skating Short Track World Cup Qualifier in 2017. On December 16, 2017, Biney qualified for the 2018 Olympics when she won the 500-meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Biney is the second African-born athlete to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. She is known for her friendly demeanor; those around her say she is always smiling. Although she earned last place in the 1,500-meter qualifying heat this year, Biney, who describes herself as "fierce and strong," is likely to lead women's speed-skating 2022 in Beijing. The sky is the limit for highschool senior Biney, and she does not seem interested in quitting now. She has vowed to continue to work for the gold.