Friday love — Olympian Wojdan Shahrkhani

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani

With her Judo match today, Olympian Wojdan Shahrkhani became the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympic Games.

“I am happy to be at the Olympics,” [Shahrkhani] whispered in Arabic, her brother, Hassan, holding both her arms. “Unfortunately, we did not win a medal, but in the future we will and I will be a star for women’s participation.”

Her father, Ali, a judo referee, told The Associated Press he “cried like a baby” watching his daughter compete.

“She was happy and smiled when she finished the fight. She hugged me and said: ‘Daddy, I did this.’ I was so proud,” he said.

To read more about Shahrkhani’s historic match, click here.