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Maame Biney

United States

SportShort Track
NOCUnited States
Born28 Jan 2000 in Accra 
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.014 03 Feb 2019 Dresden  
    1000m 1:28.907 29 Jan 2017 Innsbruck  
    1500m 2:23.757 18 Aug 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    500m 1      
    Overall     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamDominion Speedskating: Reston, VA, USA  
Reason for choosing this sport"My figure skating instructor told me that I was going too fast and that I should try short track."  
Name of coachChang Ho-Sung [club], KOR; Wilma Boomstra [national]  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track in about 2005 or 2006 in Reston, VA, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer father. (Athlete, 04 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS tennis player Serena Williams. (Athlete, 04 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesShe sprained her left ankle in November 2016. She had previously broken the same ankle in 2015 and again in mid-2016. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Keep smiling." (Athlete, 04 Nov 2018)  
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang she finished last in her 1500m heat and was knocked out at the quarterfinal stage of the 500m. However, having turned 18 the month prior to the Games, she was competing in Pyeongchang for experience rather than medals. "It's been a good experience, and I can't wait for World Cups and the next Olympics to do well. I'm going to do a lot more work. I'm going to work harder, so next time I can be on the podium hopefully. I'm excited for the next four years." (, 18 Feb 2018, 13 Feb 2018)

She was born in Accra, Ghana, and moved to the United States of America to be with her father at age five. Her father suggested she try skating after seeing a sign for a 'Learn To Skate' programme while they were driving in Reston, Virginia. "She didn't even know what skating was. She didn't even know what that word was and I explained it to her. The only thing cold in Ghana is cold beer," her father Kweku said. (, 02 Feb 2018;, 20 Aug 2017; Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)

She has an alter ego that she calls 'Anna Digger', which she says allows her perform better while she is skating. "I find it super, super helpful because if the happy, energetic Maame was on the ice she would just let everyone go, she would be super shy, super timid. Having Anna on the ice with me makes me more calm." (, 14 Feb 2019)
NicknamesAfua (Facebook profile, 02 Jul 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 14 Feb 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall3  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships Overall7  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1000m9  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m10  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m12  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m12  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m14  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall15  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m19  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m21  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall24  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m31  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall42  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Turin 2000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Turin 500m3  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 2000m Relay4  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay4  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m5  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m8  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay9  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m9  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay9  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m10  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m12  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m17  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m20  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m21  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m21  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m23  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m26  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m39  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m59  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m63  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m67  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m79