History-making U.S. Olympic speedskater advances in Winter Games

The first black woman on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team is skating her way into success.

According to HuffPost, Maame Biney advanced in “the 500-meter short-track event with a veteran-like performance in the first round at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.” Finishing second in her debut heat with a time of 43.665 seconds, HuffPost reports that Biney was able to secure her spot while fending off third-place finisher Kim Alang.

Biney is set to also compete in the 1,500-meter skate, so with several competitions under her belt and headed her way, she told HuffPost that for her, this experience is all about having fun.

“I don’t really feel pressure to be the first to get a medal or anything like that,” she said. “I just want to go out there, do my best and have fun, and experience the Olympics. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to win, obviously, but also have fun.”

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