Ibtihaj Muhammad

Country

United States

Known for

Olympian

Dates

2016-2017

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Biography

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer and member of the U.S. fencing team. She is often known for being the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for U.S. in the Olympics. She won the bronze medal as part of the U.S. team in the Team Sabre, making her the first female Muslim American to earn a medal at the Olympics. As a Muslim growing up in America, Muhammad felt uncomfortable wearing the revealing uniforms so often the norm in girls’ and women’s sports today.One day, Muhammad’s mother happened upon sabre fencing, a sport which requires all its practitioners to wear head to toe protection. Muhammad went on to captain two championship teams at her high school, after which she attended Duke University, where she became a three-time All-American. After college, Muhammad went on to win the gold medal at the 2009 USA Fencing National Championships, with the help of Olympian fencers Akhi Spencer-El and Peter Westbrook. Muhammad is on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative as a sports ambassador, and through this position, she has traveled around the world to spread awareness about the importance of sports and education. Photocredit: http://muslimmatters.org/2016/08/15/bronze-medal- makes-ibtihaj- muhammads-olympic- statement-even- stronger/

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