Eminent Intro Post 2014: Dana Hussein

October 28th. Wow has the time gone by! It feels like just yesterday I was beginning my journey as a grade 9. However, that is surely not the case. I am now in grade 10 .. the last and final year of TALONS, and here I am struggling to find a person to study for the most important year of my life! UGH! Don’t you fear though, because yesterday at approximately 10:02 PM I saw the light. I found the person that I wanted to study, and she goes by the name Dana Hussein.

Dana Hussein

Dana is an Iraqi olympian born on January 3rd, 1986. She is only 26 and has competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as a sprinter, participating in the 60m, 100m, and 200m races. In Beijing (2008), she competed in the 100m dash with a time of 12 seconds which was not enough to advance to the second round. However, in 2011 Dana participated in the Pan Arab Games and won a gold medal in the 100m dash, a silver medal in the 200m dash, and a bronze in the 400m sprint. Dana was also the flag bearer for Iraq in the 2012 during the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies in London.

Although Dana has not won anything in the olympic level, I would say she is a successful athlete despite all the adversity that is faced with being an Iraqi woman. Born in a family where both parents were born and raised in Iraq, I know that it is difficult to enter the world of sports as a woman. Moreover, Dana was the only Iraqi athlete to train during the war filled country. At the time of Saddam Hussein, Dana never got a chance to run. Her parents were to scared to let her near any sports. But that didn’t stop her, Dana loved what she did and wanted to keep pushing herself to reach the Olympics one day.

Ever since the US invasion in Iraq in 2003, Dana laced up her shoes and took it to the track. However, she faced far more obstacles than just the rough patches of turf. She went through checkpoints, threats and bullets all to stop her from running. She didn’t let it get to her though, she continued to run, continued to work towards her goal of representing her country.

Today, Dana is proud and determined to represent her country. Despite all the obstacles and odds, her dreams still extend beyond the medals. “Sports can unify the Iraqi people – no Sunnis, no Shiites, just sport for the country” Dana says.

7 thoughts on “Eminent Intro Post 2014: Dana Hussein

  1. Awesome blog! Really well written… Dana Hussein sounds so cool, I love how she overcame all the persecution against woman in Iraq! She sounds like she’s going to be an amazing person to do a project on! I look forward to it.

  2. Oops, I forgot questions… so here they are. I’m really curious about her story- You got me hooked when you talked about gunpoints. She sounds like she has an amazing story; how did she continue running in the face of all that opposition? How did she manage to push through all that?

    • Hello Hannah,
      I’m glad you enjoyed reading about Dana on my blog and I think she sounds quite cool as well! All the things she had faced in Iraq really inspires me to keep my head up and always remind me that I can do whatever I want as long as I keep motivated. Moreover, living in Iraq during that time was hard enough especially as a women and as of now I don’t know too much about her history but will be looking forward to telling you about everything I find out about her as the project goes on. As for pushing through all that, she loves what she does and she wouldn’t stop until her goals were reached. That is ultimately what kept her going this whole time. Thanks again for reading.

  3. Hey Nadia!

    Excellently written post! It was really enjoyable to read as you thoughtfully posted your opinions on the situation which gave your post a voice. Dana Hussein is quite an eminent person for sure.
    I would like to know more about her life growing up in Iraq. I know the situation of Iraq must have created difficulties for her, so how did she practice with everything going on? Did she go on runs and played them off as “exercising”?

    It was a great post!
    -Azaly Addam

    • Hi Azaly,
      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and give me such excellent feedback. Looking into her history and life is definitely an aspect I’d like to put into my speech because it something that intrigues me very much. I am planning on learning a lot about her personal life to really give passion to the speech. As for practicing, she was very brave with practicing through the war and complications going on at the time. She always trained and worked to reach her goal of representing her country one day. Thanks again!

  4. Hey! Very interesting post!
    I really like how you started off the blog post; although I’m not a 10, I could really relate to the sudden epiphany in finding a person because that’s kind of what happened to me too. Dana sounds really interesting and the way that she relates to you makes me really think that your project’s going to be really interesting. I like how your post is more concise and to the point.
    Overall, it was really interesting and good. Great job!

    • Hey Tim,
      Thank you for the great feedback about my post and eminent person. I have a good feeling about my speech as well considering I can relate to her on a really personal level. Thanks again!

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