imia Alizadeh had dared what few Iranian athletes do: she pulled away. Her flight to Germany via Spain and the Netherlands caused an uproar in her home country, after all, Alizadeh is the first and so far only woman to have won an Olympic medal for her country.
The government adorned itself with it. But Alizadeh had enough of that.
The 22-year-old began a new life in Germany.
WORLD ON SUNDAY: Ms. Alizadeh, your escape from Iran made headlines around the world in January 2020. How are you today with the decision?
Kimia Alizadeh: Leaving Iran was the most difficult and correct decision my husband and I made in our lives. Iran has a glorious past, and as an Iranian, I am always proud of Iran as it was 50 years ago. But not to Iran today.
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