Noora Naraghi – Iran’s female motocross champion

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

Noora Naraghi was born in Teheran on May 30th 1988. She is the first women’s Iran motocross champion. In 2009, she won Iran’s first-ever Female Motocross Championship.

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Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noora_Naraghi
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/6857478/Irans-female-motocross-champion-gets-uphill-ride.html

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Iran: Females outperform males in university entrance exams

The university entrance exam, known as the konkour, is a standardized test used as one of the means to gain admission to higher education in Iran.

Of the 36 with the highest scores, 19 are females and 17 are males. Most of them are from Tehran.

1,286,813 students took this year’s university entrance exam, 773,653 of whom (about 60%) were females and 513,160 were males.

Source:
http://www.payvand.com/news/10/aug/1008.html

First world grass skiing competitions for youth (boys and girls) was held near Tehran, Iran

The first world grass skiing competitions for youth (boys and girls) was held in Dizin slopes north of Tehran, Iran.

Below are some pictures from the opening ceremony and first competition day.

To see more photos, please follow the links:
http://www.payvand.com/news/10/aug/1045.html
http://www.payvand.com/news/12/aug/1210.html
http://www.skifed.ir/dpice.asp?id=939

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Atousa Pourkashiyan – Iranian female chess grandmaster

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Atousa Pourkashiyan, Iranian chess Woman Grandmaster

Atousa Pourkashiyan (Persian: آتوسا پور کاشیان‎, born 16 May 1988) is an Iranian chess Woman Grandmaster.

In April 2010 she won Women’s Asian Chess Championship in Subic Bay.

FIDE rating: 2321

Peak rating: 2374 (May 2011)

Other successes:
Asian Games 2006: Bronze
Asian Indoor Games 2009: Bronze

Atousa Pourkashiyan in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atousa_Pourkashiyan

Sepideh Mahabadi – the second girl to win gold in the history of the international computer olympiad

Sepideh Mahabadi

Sepideh Mahabadi was born in Iran and after receiving her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in Iran she is now a third year PhD student in Theory of Computation Group , Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, at MIT.

When she was 18 years old she made history after receiving a gold medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). She was the second girl to win a gold medal in the history of the Olympiad and the first Iranian girl to win one.

Sina Sadeghian, Saeed Reza Sedighin, and Hesamodin Akhlaghpor, the other members of Iran’s team, won three silver medals.

The 2007 IOI, which was held in Croatia August 15-22, is one of the most prominent computer science competitions in the world, which gathers nearly 300 top students from 77 countries every year.

Source:
http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/20431.html
http://www.mit.edu/~mahabadi/