IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD, a sabre fencer, is the first American Muslim woman to compete on the United States Fencing team in international competition. After attending the prestigious Peter Westbrook Foundation Elite Athlete Program in New York City, she was heavily recruited by Duke University where she received an academic scholarship. While attending Duke, Ibtihaj was a three-time All-American and 2005 Junior Olympic Champion. She graduated in 2007.
As member of the United States National Team, Ibtihaj captured the gold medal in the women’s sabre team event at the 2014 World Fencing Championships held in Kazan, Russia, the bronze medal in the women’s sabre team event at the 2011 World Fencing Championships held in Catania, Italy, and the bronze medal at the 2012 World Fencing Championships held in Kyiv,Ukraine. She also competed in the 2010 World Fencing Championships in Paris, France. She also attended the 2011 XVI Pan American Games where she won the gold medal in the women’s sabre team event, and She is a three-time United States National Champion.
We don’t have to add that she has her sights set on a podium placement in 2016!