Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - How kayaking brought Arezou Motamedi from Iran to Oklahoma City

How kayaking brought Arezou Motamedi from Iran to Oklahoma City

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

by Jenni Carlson

The Oklahoman

Arezou Motamedi grew up covering her head and her body as is the Islamic custom.

That didn't change when she became one of the top female athletes in Iran, first in swimming, then in kayak. When she competed for the Iranian national team at the world kayak championships a couple years ago, the only skin showing was her face and her hands.

Wednesday morning she will paddle down the Oklahoma River with her brown hair blowing in the breeze.

The name on her shirt — USA.

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