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Sarah Attar

Sarah Attar is a track and field athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the first female Olympians representing Saudi Arabia. She ... More »Sarah Attar is a track and field athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the first female Olympians representing Saudi Arabia. She has Saudi Arabian and American dual nationality and is currently a student at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles County, California. Attar was born in Escondido, California in 1993, to her parents Judy and Amer. She graduated from Escondido High School in 2010, having competed for the school in cross country running. As of 2012 she attends Pepperdine University, where she is majoring in art, having won the Rex Hamilton Memorial Art Scholarship. Attar was named one of the first two women to compete for Saudi Arabia in their Olympic team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The other woman representing Saudi Arabia is judoka Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani. Prior to June 2012, the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee had banned female athletes from competing at the Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee had threatened to ban Saudi... [ Wikipedia ]

London's Olympics: The Games that changed everything and nothing

The search turned up two women -- Sarah Attar and Wodjan Sharkhani. Attar, a dual citizen of Saudi Arabia and the U.S., grew up in California. Normally a marathon runner, she was told less than two months before the Games began that she would be running the 800-meter race in ...

First Saudi woman to compete in Olympics

Sarah Attar made headlines as the first Saudi woman to compete in the 800m competition. Attar was dressed unlike the rest of the competitors representing various countries. Attar was wearing a hijab, along with the tradional way to dress when wearing a hijab, a long sleeve ...

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Sarah Attar Becomes Saudi Arabia's First Female Track Olympian : The Torch : NPR

Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia walks off the track after competing in the Women's 800m Round 1 Heats. Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia walks off the track after competing in the Women's 800m Round 1 Heats. It's a moment worth noting: Like judoko Wojdan Shaherkani before her, 19-year-old ...

Why has coverage of women's sport stopped post Olympics?

Sarah Attar becoming the first Saudi Arabian woman to represent their flag on the track at the Olympics. Never before had these women been able to watch one of their own running and representing like that on an international stage. It was unique, and unprecedented. And for me, it sums up ...

London 2012 heroes including Ben Ainslie, Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis gave us the time of our...

But the same approval and admiration was accorded to the overmatched boxer, the outclassed swimmer, and to young Sarah Attar, the first woman athlete from Saudi Arabia to compete in an Olympic arena. Sarah finished more than 30 seconds behind the field in the 800 metres but ...

Attar makes Olympic track debut for Saudi women

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar waves before competing in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Attar is the first Saudi woman to compete in athletics during the Olympics. (AP Photo/Martin ...

Women Break New Ground at London Olympics

...Under continued IOC insistence, they agreed to bring judoka Wojdan Shaherkani and runner Sarah Attar, a dual citizen who grew up in Southern California and runs for Pepperdine. "A big inspiration for participating in the Olympic Games is being one of the first women for Saudi Arabia ...

Teen Jocks Slow Down as They Get Older : Discovery News

" She came last in the final heat of the 800-meter, yet Sarah Attar, dressed in a long-sleeved green training top, long jogging bottoms and a white hijab, made history by being the first Saudi Arabian woman ever to be allowed by her country to run in the Olympics. "It is a historic ...

Faisal J. Abbas: Standing up for Saudi Arabia's 'Prostitutes'

Last summer, two courageous young female athletes by the names of Wojdan Shaherkani and Sarah Attar agreed to become Saudi Arabia's first ever female participants at the Olympics. The decision, which was reached at the eleventh hour, saved Saudi Arabia from being excluded completely from ...

"Prostitutes of the Olympics" hashtag ignites flamewar on Twitter

As the hashtag grew a backslash happened as spectators from around the world used the hashtag to support the two female atheletes, Wojdan Shaherkani competing in Judo and Sarah Attar competing in the Women's 800m in Athletics. Further controversy surrounded whether Shaherkani would be ...

London 2012: Appearance of Saudi women athletes stirs online venom, praise

Cameron Spencer/GETTY IMAGES Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar takes part in the opening ceremony at the Games. The appearance of Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony prompted a heated online debate. Judoka Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani and 800-metre ...

Raha Moharrak: First Saudi woman to conquer Everest and taboos

She follows the path of America-based Sarah Attar who became the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympics at the London Games last year and Dubai-born Elham al Qasimi who became the first Arab woman to reach the North Pole in 2010. "I did not set out to be a poster child for ...

Saudi government sanctions sports in some girls' schools

Sarah Attar was one of two Saudi women allowed to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Officials gauging backlash before shifting focus to public schools, she says (CNN) -- Saudi Arabian girls will be officially allowed to practice sports in private schools for the first time, according to ...

King Al-Nazeem, Saudi Drifting Phenomenon, Gets 1,000 Lashes (VIDEOS)

In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar waves before competing in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) The government rolls out a law penalizing ...

New Saudi Counterterrorism Law Alarms Activists

In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar waves before competing in a women's 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) The government rolls out a law penalizing ...

This Video About Women's Rights Will Both Inspire And Infuriate You

A new video by UN Women celebrates pioneering females, such as Amelia Earhart, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Olympian Sarah Attar, before showing viewers sexist terms and phrases formed by Google autocomplete. The PSA is a follow-up to UN Women's much buzzed-about print ...

The IOC's New President Continues to Toe the Line on LGBT Rights, Ignore Historic Responsibilities |...

When Sarah Attar, the Olympian from Saudi Arabia who had been allowed to wear the hijab, crossed the 800-meter finish line during the 2012 Olympics, she received a standing ovation, even though she crossed 30 seconds later than all her competitors. Examples of instances when the IOC has ...

Sarah Attar’s Historic Olympic Performance Instigates New Offer From True Healthy Products

After Sarah Attar’s historic Olympic run, all natural nutrition company True Healthy Products announces an exciting offer for athletes aiming to enhance their own game. Following Sarah Attar ’s historic Olympic performance, all natural nutrition company True Healthy Products ...

Saudi woman’s historic Olympic bout lasts just 82 seconds

Along with another Saudi woman, 800-meter runner Sarah Attar, she’s part of a watershed Olympics where, for the first time, every participating nation has sent a female athlete. “I am proud to be the first Saudi woman and I’m very thankful for all the audience and all the crowd who ...

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