Reston Teen Eliminated from 500-Meter Quarterfinal in the Winter Olympics

by Fatimah Waseem February 13, 2018 at 10:30 am 4 Comments

Maame Biney, a Reston teen whose infectious spirit, electric smile and notable speed has grabbed national attention, did not advance in the 500-meter quarterfinal at the Winter Olympics.

At the games earlier this morning, Biney, 18, began with a slow start and was unable to to recover.

But the speedskater’s time to shine in PyeongChang isn’t over. She has another chance to compete in the 1,500-meter race on Saturday at 5 a.m.

Biney’s journey to the United States began when she left her mother in Ghana to join her father. NBC News mapped her story in a video linked below.

She is the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team.

Photo via NBC Nightly

  • tattler

    Maybe next time consider including a spoiler alert?! It’s what all the cool journalists are doing these days when they report on stuff that people may not have seen (but want to), i.e. new movies, season finales, the Olympics, etc. Geez

    • Willie Reston

      Well, there has been a number of commenters in this forum complaining about how the writer seems to get scooped on the big Reston stories…

  • Conservative Senior

    Congratulation’s to her for trying. Wish her luck in Saturday’s 1500!

  • meganm78

    Why is her gender or race relevant? Why does the press keep highlighting the first [fill in the blank] to do something? That is not equality, and all it does is take away from her athletic achievements.


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