The First US Olympian to Wear a Hijab Wins a Bronze
Another historic moment in Rio.
Ibtihaj Muhammad made history by traveling to the Rio Olympics as the first American to compete in a hijab.
She then made even more history by taking home a medal on Saturday.
Muhammad is on the US women’s fencing team — another first for a Muslim American. For a full profile on Muhammad, go here.
She took home a bronze in the women’s team sabre event, after defeating Poland, Russia, and Italy.
Her victory is a breakthrough moment for Muslim athletes and will hopefully pave the way for young girl athletes everywhere to feel comfortable enough with their identities to compete authentically.
Congratulations to Ibtihaj Muhammad and the US women’s fencing team!
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