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Meet the Iranian skier who blazed a historic path in PyeongChang | Far From Home

Meet the Iranian skier who blazed a historic path in PyeongChang | Far From Home


Iran is not what the rest of
the world thinks it is. People think the hijab stops
Iranian women from doing what
they want to do. Our women can be
just as strong as the men. (FAR FROM HOME,
PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE) (6 UNLIKELY STORIES
OF OLYMPIC HOPE) (TEHRAN, IRAN) Are you ready? The way I know myself is
as an athlete. I’ve been doing sports
as long as I remember. It is my biggest dream to be the Iranian flag bearer
at the Olympics. (FOROUGH ABBASI,
ALPINE SKIER IRAN) When I imagine myself
carrying the flag, I think it will be
the best day of my life. In skiing you use your brain
more than your body. (SAMIRA ZARGARI,
FOROUGH’S COACH) You have to imagine
that you are at a turn, and the position of your leg
next to your body. Forough has to work 10 times
harder than before, and compete better. She’s much stronger now, but
mentally she has to be strong, even stronger. Stop. It’s not clear who is going
to the Olympics. It all depends on
the competitions in Turkey, and the January 1st competition
in Iran. (SHIRAZ, IRAN) Forough was not like a girl. Forough was a bright light
on our life. That’s why we named her
Forough, which means light. I have to figure out
what I want to do. Right now, I have no idea who
or what I’m supposed to become. Maybe I continue with the gym,
and do physical education, for the Olympic committee. Maybe even get married. You have to think about
all of these things. I want to experience my youth. Not that I’m tired of it, maybe
I’ll experience being young. If you endure the hard times, it will be worth it when
you get to the Olympics. If I get to the Olympics. When I was a kid, he put me in his backpack
and we would go skiing. (HEIDAR ABBASI,
FOROUGH’S FATHER) My Dad has always been
my inspiration. I always wanted to be the best,
just like him. Forough is a really tough,
really competitive girl. I think she got that from me. That was good. – Go. Yeah. Just do one.
– Me? Can you do it? Just one? Don’t go too far down. That’s good. Three. Come on, come on. One more. Nice. Excellent. Iran is not just
some other country, some unimportant,
insignificant one. Iran is so much more than that. In Iran you have to compete
while covered up. This is just a rule.
We have to respect the law. Hijab is not something
that can stop us. The old way of thinking
still exists. Together we can help
Iranian women excel in sports. We just have to want it
and try hard to get there. The more female athletes
we have, the stronger and healthier
the country will be. Other women will join us and
our country will move forward. I believe we can continue it. (DARBANSAR SKI RESORT, IRAN) Right now, the competition
for the Olympics is between two people. (MARJAN KAHLOR,
FORMER OLYMPIAN) The competition is stiff
between Forough and Atefeh
for the Olympics. (ATEFAH AHMADI,
OLYMPIC HOPEFUL) Whichever athlete is the best
will go to the Olympics. Forough Abbasi is my main
competition right now. You just do your best
and don’t think about the rest. Whatever happens, happens. Forough’s chances are 50/50
right now. Forough’s competitors have
practised hard in different countries
over the past few months to beat her. They are very close right now, so it all depends on how
the competition goes. In second place,
Atefah Ahmadi. In first place,
Forough Abbasi. Hello! Hi! How are you? – You got first place?
– Yes! Thank God!
My daughter is first! I think I will be going
to the Olympics. (FOROUGH ABBASI’S FIRST PLACE
FINISH AT DARBANSAR SKI RESORT (HELPED SOLIDIFY
HER QUALIFICATION (FOR THE OLYMPIC WINTER
GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018. (PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA) I will continue to
stand for Iran, because I am proud
to be an Iranian. Iranian women are strong and
can conquer whatever they set their
minds to. Other women will join us and
our country will move forward. I believe we can continue it. (LADIES’ ALPINE SLALOM, RUN 1) I have to say to myself
it’s enough to be here. It’s really hard to get
a medal in the Olympic Games. But it was really hard for me
to be here so that’s enough for me. I just have to think about that
I have to have good lines and keep my body on the gates. Success, for me,
just finish the line. I’m not a loser. Always I will be a winner. So I am here and I’m
so happy that I’m here. (LADIES’ ALPINE SLALOM, RUN 2) (FOROUGH ABBASI PLACED 49TH
OUT OF 76 (IN THE PYEONGCHANG 2018
OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES. (SHE BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN WHO HAS
GONE TO TWO WINTER OLYMPICS (IN THE HISTORY OF IRAN) (SHE CONTINUES TO BREAK
MORE RECORDS IN IRAN (AND PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW
GENERATION OF WOMEN IN SPORTS.) (FAR FROM HOME
PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE (6 UNLIKELY STORES OF OLYMPIC HOPE.) (OLYMPIC CHANNEL)

13 thoughts on “Meet the Iranian skier who blazed a historic path in PyeongChang | Far From Home”

  1. Hi Olympic,
    I’m doing a project on the Olympics due for Monday
    Can you please tell me how many athletes were in Pyeongchang 2018?
    Thank you very much

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