10 Women We Can’t Wait To Watch In The 2012 Olympics
10:30 am, July 17th | by
It’s almost time to start watching the Olympics! But while we are all super excited at The Jane Dough to see all the athletes, there are several interesting and inspiring female athletes we’re especially thrilled to see. We definitely plan on following the successes of these impressive women and we hope you look out for them during the Olympics this year, too!
1.1) Saudi Arabia: Sarah Attar
Saudi Arabia made news this year after it announced that two women would compete for them in the 2012 London Olympics -- the first women the country has sent, ever. One of those women, Sarah Attar, will compete in the 800-meter race. This 17 year old was born in Saudi Arabia, but trained in California and was coached to be an amazing track competitor at Pepperdine University.
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2.2) Saudi Arabia: Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani
The second Saudi Arabia female athlete to compete this summer is
Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani who will be competing in judo (a type of martial arts). The participation of these two Saudi Arabian women marks the first time every country has had female athletes competing in the Olympics.
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3.3) U.S.A: Reed Kessler
When you think of the U.S.A in the Olympics it's hard to think about anything other than the gymnastics, the swimming and the soccer events. But keep your eye out for U.S.A's Reed Kessler competing in the equestrian and show-jumping events. The catch, you must be 18 years old to compete and Kessler is only 17. Not to worry though, she turns 18 a mere 18 days before the competition making her the youngest women to ever compete in show-jumping Olympic events. Wow!
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4.4) United Arab Emirates: Khadija Mohammed
Khadija Mohammed will be the first female lifter from the United Arab Emirates, as well as the first female Emirati to qualify for the Olympics (previous United Arab Emarites were wildcards in the 2008 Olympics). This 17 year old is making history and breaking barriers and we can't wait to watch her!
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5.5) Russia: Yelena Isinbaeva
Russia's Yelena Isinbaeva is aiming to claim her third Olympic gold medal and set a new record at this years games in pole vaulting. After rumors of retirement, this 29 year-old is coming back to the Olympics with the intention to win.
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6.6) Afghanistan: Sadaf Rahimi
Sadaf Rahimi is Arghanistan's first female boxer and she's only 17 years old! I will definitely be cheering for this girl!
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7.7) China: Chen Ruolin
Chen Ruolin is a 19-year-old diver from China who won the gold medal in 10m platform diving in 2008. She'll be a strong competitor this year.
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8.8) Malaysia: Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi
Nur Suryani Mohamend Taibi is not the traditional Olympic athelete. Why? Well, because she will be 8 months pregnant when she competes in the shooting and 10-meter air rifle event. I can see the headlines now: "Pregnant With Guns". This gal is definitely a tough competitor.
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9.9) Iran: Neda Shahsavari
Neda Shahsavari is Iran's first female paddler and the first to female Iranian to compete in Olympic table tennis.
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10.10) Ireland: Katie Taylor
Finally, Ireland's Katie Taylor has made headlines for her plans compete at the Olympics in the boxing category. Having won many titles and medals before, Taylor is Ireland's favorite for placing high at this year's Olympic games.
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