With the recent selection of the U.S. Dressage team, the anticipation for equestrian London Olympics 2012 is at a fervor! (Please tell me you have seen the satirical Colbert Report video about "dreh-sahhge"). The equestrian games will run July 27- August 12.
One of the major headlines is that Saudi Arabia has decided to permit females to participate in the games. Previously, Saudi Arabia did not permit females to represent the country in the Olympics because the audience would be of mixed-gender.
Dalma Rushdi Malhas, born in Ohio, but also has Saudi citizenship
Enter equestrian Dalma Rushdi Malhas, considered by some as Saudi Arabia's "token" female athlete. Dalma won a bronze medal in the Singapore 2010 Junior Olympics; she was invited to the games this summer, but unfortunately has not qualified due to an insufficient number of clear show jumping rounds and insufficient record of jumping the requisite height (one source notes it is due to injury of her Swedish warmblood mare). She is now aiming for Rio Games 2016.
Dalma has brought important attention to gender equality laws in sports. In the U.S., gender equality in sports took an enormous leap forward by the enactment of Title IX, a section of the Education Amendments of June 1972.