2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Maame Biney?

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

What You Need To Know About Maame Biney

Short track skater Maame Biney started figure skating at age 5 before moving into speed skating at a coach’s suggestion. Her father, Kweku Biney, saw a “learn to skate” sign on the road one day and asked his daughter if she was interested. 

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Born in Accra, Ghana, ice sports were not familiar to a young Maame Biney.

“She didn’t even know what that word (skating) was and I explained it to her. The only thing cold in Ghana is cold beer,” Kweku Biney told the Associated Press in 2017.

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Biney made her Olympic debut in 2018. She gained attention when she won a bronze medal in the 500m at the 2017 World Junior Championships in January. She finished seventh overall.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 16: Maame Biney #1 corners in the Women's 500 Meter A Final during the 2018 U.S. Speedskating Short Track Olympic Team Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on December 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)(Harry How/Getty Images)

It was Biney’s win at the 500m races at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for short track skating that drew attention. When she crossed the finish line, she beamed, cheering so hard that she fell. Her post-race interview with her signature smile and laugh made her a viral sensation.

The win, which sent Biney to the 2018 Games, made the 18-year-old the first African-American woman to represent the U.S. in Olympic speed skating. She’s the second African-born U.S. Olympian and the second African-American speed skater on a U.S. Olympics team.

Other interesting facts:
  • Known in high school for being too happy all the time
  • Loves pop music
  • “Titanic” makes her cry every time she watches it.
  • Favorite quote is “Laugh until you can’t laugh anymore.”
  • Wants to become a chemical engineer

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Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA wins Olympic gold medal in women's giant slalom

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:59 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Shiffrin is widely considered to be the next great women’s ski racer. The Eagle-Vail, Colorado, native is dominant in slalom and competitive in giant slalom.

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Other interesting facts:

  • Leads the overall World Cup standings for the 2016-17 season.
  • Considers Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to be one of her best friends.
  • Following in the footsteps of her parents, Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who are former collegiate skiers.

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Olympic baby: Michael Phelps welcomes son

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Getting to Know Michael Phelps

He’s not even competing this year, but Michael Phelps is making Olympic headlines.

The record-holding medal-winner announced via Instagram that his family has added another bundle of joy.

Phelp’s wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s second son, Beckett Richard Phelps, the “Today” show reported.

The Olympian made the announcement via Instagram.

The couple’s first son, Boomer, is 1 and can be seen holding his little brother, USAToday reported. “Boomer” posted to “his” Instagram account too, saying he can’t wait to hold the newborn.

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Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, CNN reportedAccording to Olympics officials, Phelps has been awarded 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals over his career as an Olympian. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Adam Rippon?

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07:  Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Olympian Adam Rippon has been skating since he was 9 years old. Growing up, Rippon’s mother drove him three hours from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to train in New Jersey every day.

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Ahead of the 2018 Olympics, Rippon reflected on his hometown and his time in the sport.
“The support that I've gotten from people in my hometown has kind of been overwhelming,” he said in an interview. “It’s something I really never expected. I hear from people that I used to go to school with who are now following figure skating and keeping track of my career.”

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Rippon made history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Other interesting facts:
  • Is the oldest of six children
  • Has choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao
  • Was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear almost perfectly
  • Hobbies include running and hiking

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