Ibtihaj Muhammad Makes History As The First Woman to Compete and Place for Team USA Wearing a Hijab

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The New Jersey native won the bronze medal in women's sabre fencing on Saturday.

New Jersey native, Ibtihaj Muhammad, made history as the first woman to compete and place for Team USA wearing a hijab. The 30-year-old won the bronze medal in women’s sabre fencing on Saturday.

“I realize that this moment is bigger than me,” said Muhammad to Team USA after first qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Team. “Anyone who has paid attention to the news at all would realize the importance of having a Muslim woman on Team USA. It’s not just any team, it’s the United States of America. It’s just been a really remarkable experience for me.”

Congratulations, Ibtihaj!

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