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Pakistan’s Mia Nuriah Freudweiler pushes for women empowerment at gender-equal Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020

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Location: Les Diablerets, Switzerland

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Pakistani-born Swiss-raised alpine skier Mia Nuriah Freudweiler wants to empower women and encourage them to follow their dreams. The 16-year-old became the first Pakistani athlete to represent her country at any Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The sole Pakistani representative at Lausanne 2020 competed in four alpine skiing events in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Her best finish was 30th in the combined slalom, but her real victory was being part of the Winter YOG at all and she hopes her appearance will be an inspiration to young Pakistani women.

Freudweiler’s participation at Lausanne 2020 coincides with the Winter YOG achieving gender-equal representation among its athletes for the first time. 

“My goal is to inspire and empower young girls and Pakistani girls to fulfill their dreams,” she said. “I think the past few years was when I really realised there has been a big difference in the world. I am tired of women being portrayed as weak, as not being able to pursue their careers, their sport, their hobbies or anything.”

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