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African-American speed skaters to make history at Winter Olympics

With the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, American speed skaters Maame Biney and Erin Jackson take another step in their history-making journeys as the first African-American women to represent the U.S. on the Olympic speed skating team.

Bubbly, charismatic and with an infectious smile, the Ghanaian-born Biney was just 17 last December when she qualified for the Olympics as a short track specialist. Her skills on the ice elevated her to the height of legendary black trailblazers such as tennis champion Althea Gibson, baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and ground-breaking Olympic gold medal skater Debi Thomas.

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