This article about Zahra Lari, age 17, has been widely distributed online in the past week: http://english.alarabiya.net/article...17/208359.html
More info about the competition, European Cup (part of the European Criterium series), can be found in the Kiss and Cry forum: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83360From the sand dunes of the Rub al Khali desert to the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites in northern Italy, Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.
The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.
“In my country women don't do much sport and even less figure skating,” the quietly-spoken teenager told AFP after competing alongside skaters from 50 countries in the European Cup.
A practicing Muslim, her black headscarf and sober costume, stood out among the flashy orange tutus and fluorescent pink tights.
“I skate with the hijab, my costume is in line with Islamic tradition,” she explained.