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Get Fired Up: Afghan Olympic Runner

I am already excited about the Olympic games, even though they don't begin until August. I definitely exercise more during the games because I am so inspired. This shot of Afghan athlete Mehbooba Ahadyar, the only woman from Afghanistan participating in the games, makes me want to get out and run.

Whether you think Ahadyar is able to compete at Olympics because of or in spite our involvement with country, this 19-year-old is inspirational and a trailblazer. Her events are the 1500m and 3000m track events, requiring both endurance and speed. Ahadyar comes from a large, athletic family of five sisters and three brothers. Her family is very supportive of her career in sports. And me too! Count me as a member of her fan club. I will be looking for her at the games come August.

How about you? Are you excited for the Summer Olympics?


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm so psyched for the summer Olympics!! I can't wait!! I must say though, I really like the Winter games better, only because I like watching the ice skating competitions a lot. But I must say, some of the cool track and field-type events are pretty cool...I just love watching the pole vault and the high jump.
CesyBabe CesyBabe 9 years
Wow how inspiring. Definately makes you think how lucky we are
jessicamorgan jessicamorgan 9 years
Thanks so much for posting this, I love hearing stories like this! I am so intrigued in how she managed to train in a country where women are barely allowed outside without a male escort. Total girl power!
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm excited for the Olympics too!
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