5-time U.S. National Champion Maame Biney got her short-track speed skating start with Coach Nat at Fort Dupont Ice Arena, where she participated in FDIA's novel Learn to Speedskate program, which was sparked into existence by Olympic Champion Shani Davis in 2002. Maame made her competitive debut at age 7 in DC-ICE's DC Open Meet, which has introduced many of the region's - nation's - top young skaters to Olympic-style short-track skating competition.
Olympian in Life
Ghana-born Maame, who now lives and trains in Salt Lake City, continues to inspire DC-ICE and FDIA skaters, including as an awards presenter at the annual DC Open Meet and ICE-a-thon events. Like Shani Davis before her, Maame's humble participation serves as a bright example of Olympism for DC-ICE youth.
Already a pioneering National Champion, Maame aspires to be among the world's best short track speed skaters; she is training hard to represent the U.S. at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China.