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Because she’s on a college track team, Attar knows all about this year’s 40th anniversary of Title IX, the barrier-breaking law that opened doors in sports for women in the United States. For the first time this year, women outnumbered men on the U.S. Olympic team.

Nobody is dreaming about making that kind of history yet in Saudi Arabia.

Every grand mission, however, has to start somewhere.

“She’s a dream come true for a lot of female athletes who dream about coming here and didn’t have that opportunity,” said Cruz, her coach. “She’s also a dream for a lot of generations to come. They can dream about that now, where they couldn’t dream about it before.”