Iranian skier makes appeal for women's rights in her country

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Iranian skier Forough Abbasi accomplished one goal Thursday merely by completing her giant slalom run at the skiing world championships. It made no difference to her that she crossed the finish line nearly 25 seconds behind American favorite Mikaela Shiffrin, the first-run leader. The 27-year-old Abbasi then made an emotional appeal for women's rights in her country after her coach, Samira Zargari, was banned from leaving Iran by her husband.

Iranian skier makes appeal for women's rights in her country

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Iranian skier Forough Abbasi accomplished one goal Thursday merely by completing her giant slalom run at the skiing world championships. It made no difference to her that she crossed the finish line nearly 25 seconds behind American favorite Mikaela Shiffrin, the first-run leader. The 27-year-old Abbasi then made an emotional appeal for women's rights in her country after her coach, Samira Zargari, was banned from leaving Iran by her husband.