Zahra Lari, a 19 year old woman from the UAE, is the first person to ever represent the UAE in an international figure skating competition. She is also the first international competitor to do so while wearing the hijab. 

“Some people are saying ‘Why is she doing that? A girl shouldn’t be doing that, a girl should stay at home’ and all that kind of thing. I don’t listen to that. A girl doesn’t have to stay at home and do ­nothing.”

With 100 meters to go, Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, smiles as she looks over her shoulder and realizes that she is about to win the Olympic gold medal. London olympic games 2012, 10,000 meters.

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