Zahra Lari | Golden Skate

Zahra Lari

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Zahra Lari was born on March 3, 1995 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She represents the UAE in ladies figure skating.

She is the first figure skater from the UAE to compete internationally. The Disney film "Ice Princess" inspired her to become a figure skater when she was 11. She started her skating classes at the age of 13.

Apart from skating and promoting the sport, she also studies environmental health and safety at the Abu Dhabi University. She hopes to be a figure skating coach in the future.

Zahri was the first Emirati to compete in a Winter Universiade. She has not competed during the 2019-20 season, due to a bad back injury.

Last Updated 29 February 2020
Previously updated on 8 March 2019 by Mohacz

ISU Bio
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014852.htm

Wikipedia entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahra_Lari

Social Media
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/zahralari/
Facebook - https://en-gb.facebook.com/ZahraSkate/


Personal Best Scores starting from 2018/2019 season
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs_pb_00014852.htm


TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score81.58ISU CS Tallinn Trophy 2018
Personal Best Score Short Program27.98ISU CS Tallinn Trophy 2018
Personal Best Score Free Skating54.92ISU CS Inge Solar Memorial / Alpen Trophy 2018


Personal Best Scores pre 2018/2019 season​

TypeScoreCompetition
Personal Best Total Score63.85ISU CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Short Program21.63ISU CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2017
Personal Best Score Free Skating42.22ISU CS Nebelhorn Trophy 2017


Programs and Videos

2018/2019
SP: Ludovico Einaudi medley ("Run")
FS: no information found

29[SUP]th[/SUP] Winter Universiade 2019 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2018 CS Tallin Trophy no video found

2017/2018
SP: "Pierrot and the Moon" by Maxime Rodriguez
FS: "Weeping Meadow" by Eleni Karaindrou

2017 UAE National CHampionships
2016/2017
SP: "Pierrot and the Moon" by Maxime Rodriguez
FS: "Weeping Meadow" by Eleni Karaindrou

2017 Asian Winter GamesFBMA Trophy 2017
2015/2016
SP: "You Raise Me Up" by Westlife
FS: no information found

2016 Emirati Nationals

Competitive History

EventLevelSPFSTotal
2019-20 season
2018-19 season
29[SUP]th[/SUP] Winter Universiade 2019 Krasnoyarsk, Russiasenior29 (24.90)FNR29 (24.90)
2019 EduSport Trophy Romaniasenior8 (31.03)8 (54.89)8 (85.92)
2018 CS Tallin Trophysenior29 (27.98)28 (53.60)28 (81.58)
2018 CS Inge Solar Memorial / Alpen Trophysenior31 (21.66)26 (54.92)28 (76.58)
2018 International Halloween Cupsenior16 (25.84)16 (47.64)
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2017-18 season
2018 Bavarian Open Internationalsenior16 (26.32)15 (43.68)15 (70.00)
FBMA Trophy 2018 Abu Dhabisenior7 (29.68)10 (51.85)10 (81.63)
UAE National Championshipssenior

1
2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophysenior34 (21.63)33 (42.22)33 (63.85)
2017 Slovenia Opensenior24 (21.89)23 (48.41)23 (70.30)
2016–17 season
2017 Egna Spring Trophysenior12 (25.81)12 (51.86)12 (77.67)
2017 Cup of Tyrolsenior24 (25.90)26 (54.19)25 (80.09)
2017 Asian Winter Gamessenior19 (23.31)17 (53.37)18 (76.68)
10th Europa Cup Skate Helena 2017senior15 (21.87)13 (50.69)14 (72.56)
FBMA Trophy 2017senior17 (24.17)16 (50.59)16 (74.76)
19th ISU Merano Cup 2016senior17 (19.95)16 (45.67)16 (65.62)
2015–16 season
FBMA Trophy 2016senior5 (20.50)5 (41.37)5 (61.87)
2016 UAE National Championshipssenior

1
2014-15 season
FBMA Trophy 2015senior4 (25.81)4 (46.66)4 (72.47)
International Challenge Cup 2015senior12 (19.65)11 (39.51)11 (59.16)
2013-14 season
2014 Dubai Golden Cupjunior4 (25.70)7 (39.70)7 (65.40)
2011-12 season
2012 European Cupjunior

15


Articles and Interviews​


Fantastic interview with Zahra on the #ABTalks YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwo4ZYdrZWQ

15 May 2019 - "Dream Crazier: Zahra Lari" by Nike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIeO5AcUHlc

29 November 2017 - "Zahra Lari, the first professional figures skater to compete internationally wearing a headscarf" by CNN - https://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/28/middleeast/zahra-lari-figure-skater/index.html

1 October 2017 - "In Conversation With Zahra Lari, The UAE's First Female Figure Skater" by Harper's Bazaar Arabia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diadjlwudT0-

21 February 2017 - Nike Commercial celebrates Arab female athletes to inspire others" by CNN - https://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/21/middleeast/nike-arab-women-commercial/

15 December 2016 - "Emirati Queen of the Rink - Zahra Lari" by The Uma Show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_svy2MdzT1U

28 July 2016 - "My UAE: Ice skater Zahra Lari hopes to take her blades to glory" by The National - https://www.thenational.ae/arts-cul...ri-hopes-to-take-her-blades-to-glory-1.168436

5 April 2016 - "Ice Princess in a Hijab" Has Her Eye on the Winter Olympics" by POPSUGAR Entertainment - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW0AWP3F9Lg

7 January 2016 - "PEOPLE: Meet Zahra Lari, the UAE's figure skating superstar" by AbuDhabiWorld online - http://www.adwonline.ae/breaking-the-ice/
 
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Tulipstar

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If there are thing in Arabic I can help translate. Don't have much time, but I really want to support her.

Thank you! :hap10:

I love how she does not only promote the sport, but young skaters from her country as well.
 

Plumededragon

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Feb 12, 2015
I follow her on istagram, she's really a beautiful woman and skater. I also hope she'll make it to the Olympics, even if it's gonna be hard, she'll fight for it.
 

ejnsofi

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Dec 23, 2016
I follow her on istagram, she's really a beautiful woman and skater. I also hope she'll make it to the Olympics, even if it's gonna be hard, she'll fight for it.

She will definitely fight for it but being realistic her chance is close to zero. Countries like UK, Slovakia and Finland will fight for a spot at Nebelhorn Trophy. But she will definitely inspire girls to start figure skating.
 

Tulipstar

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Apr 5, 2017
Michelle Kwan skated with Zahra in Abu Dhabi today :cool:.


Sounds like an unanticipated thing? Michelle says she borrowed skates and attire from Zahra.

That's so amazing!

I love how Zahra is promoting the sport in her country. Here is a video of her compatriot Ameera Mubarak skating as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdyzDE5kgd4

Love that she uses Arabic music :hap10:

And here Zahra is supportive of 11-year old Dhiyab Al Darmaki:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSeoF13hQz9/?taken-by=zahralari
 

Arriba627

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Zahra is such an inspiration. These stories and photos bring tears (of happiness) to my eyes.
 
Joined
Jan 24, 2006
Country
Poland
I've just updated her OP. I've added all the results and some more videos. Unfortunately, there are very few videos of her competitions and I couldn't find or recognize all the music. If someone could tell me what music she uses in this season's FS, I would be very grateful (it can be heard on a video from the 2018 Tallin Trophy).
 
Joined
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Country
Poland
I've been looking at her Instagram and in the battle of quads and triple axles it's so cute to find the following sentence: "Words can't describe how happy and proud I am to finally land my triple salchow in competition and get personal best score!". She achieved it in January during the EduSport Tropy in Romania (although the scores obtained there do not count towards ISU best scores).

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsf4ePEnKiu/
 

Wombat1800

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Jan 5, 2019
I've been looking at her Instagram and in the battle of quads and triple axles it's so cute to find the following sentence: "Words can't describe how happy and proud I am to finally land my triple salchow in competition and get personal best score!". She achieved it in January during the EduSport Tropy in Romania (although the scores obtained there do not count towards ISU best scores).

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsf4ePEnKiu/

That's so sweet to see! I hope she does well at the Winter Universiade
 
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