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The First US Olympian to Wear a Hijab Wins a Bronze

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.

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Congratulations to Ibtihaj Muhammad and the US women’s fencing team!


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