Ghana-born US teen seeks short track history

A Ghana-born American teenager hopes to continue making Olympic history on the short track speed skating oval Tuesday in PyeongChang.

Maame Biney, 17, was the lone American to advance to the women’s 500m quarterfinals from Saturday’s qualification heats. The quarters will get underway at Gangneung Ice Arena at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday, with the semifinals following at 5:11 a.m. and the finals at 6:07 a.m.

Biney already made history in December as the first African-American woman to qualify for the short track speed skating U.S. Olympic Team.

She began skating at age 6 after moving to Virginia to live with her dad and swept the 500m races at December’s team trials.

Biney also qualified for the 1500m, but her specialty, and greatest medal shot, is the shorter race.

She also won bronze in the 500m at the 2016-17 Short Track Junior World Championship.