“When most people picture an Olympic fencer, they probably do not imagine a person like me. Fortunately, I am not most people. I have always believed that with hard work, dedication, and perseverance, I could one day walk with my U.S. teammates into Olympic history,” Muhammad says in her USA Fencing bio. “I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals—not race, religion or gender…”
Ibtihaj Muhammad is First U.S. Olympic Athlete to Compete in a Hijab
After qualifying for the 2016 Olympics, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first U.S. athlete to compete in a hijab.