Before They Shot Her, This Amazing Pakistani 14-Year-Old Explained Why She Was Risking Her Life

Malala Yousafzai has been a tireless advocate for education and women's rights in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for years. She regularly hosts foreign dignitaries, blogs for the BBC and was featured in a New York Times documentary about the Taliban and education. She's also 14 years old.

Before They Shot Her, This Amazing Pakistani 14-Year-Old Explained Why She Was Risking Her Life

It was for this activism and these values that men from the Taliban boarded her school bus on October 10, 2012, and in front of her classmates, shot Malala in the head. In these two interviews, newly available thanks to our friends at NowThisNews, Malala explains why she does what she does, and why she's willing to risk her life to raise her voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Malala and her family as she recovers.

For the first time, skateboarding is an official Olympic sport, and after watching the men's and women's street skateboarding events this weekend, our family has decided it's officially a totally welcome addition.

I grew up with a skateboarding brother during the earliest years of Tony Hawk's career, so the sport itself isn't unfamiliar to me. But I've never really followed skate competitions and wasn't sure how it would translate into an Olympic event. As it turns out, there are several things that make it both entertaining and refreshing to watch in comparison with other sports.

For one, let's talk about the "uniform" the athletes wear. As debates rage over volleyball bikinis and gymnastics leotards, here are the male and female skateboarders in long, loose pants and baggy t-shirts. They are the most comfortable-looking Olympians I've ever seen (being out in the humid Japanese heat notwithstanding). They look like they just popped off the couch after watching a movie and decided to go out and hop on their skateboard.

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