Olympic Speaker for hire Ibtihaj Muhammad first rose to fame at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when she became the 1st Muslim American to wear a hijab while competing for the U.S. in the Olympic Games. She helped the U.S. Fencing Team win a Bronze Medal and also became the 1st female Muslim-American athlete to earn a medal at the Olympics.
A New Jersey native, Olympic Speaker Ibtihaj began fencing in high school but never competed at the international junior level as is the case with most fencers who go on to compete at the Olympics. She was a 3-Time All-American at Duke University and graduated in 2007 with a dual-major in international relations and African and African-American studies.
She has been a member of the U.S. Fencing Team since 2010 but was never considered a favorite to make the team given her limited competitive background. Her story is remarkable, defying the odds and fighting her way to her first Olympic Games at age 30. By the time the 2016 Olympic Games came around, Ibtihaj was ranked #2 in the country in the women’s sabre event and #8 in the world. Her appearance at the Games in Rio and earned her features in print publications and TV appearance on major networks such as NBC, ESPN and CNN. With her message of inclusion and acceptance of people of all race, relations and backgrounds, Ibtihaj has been a voice of hope amidst racial tension in American culture.
Olympic Speaker Ibtihaj Muhammad is not only a world-class athlete but also an agent of change in a world that needs strong leaders to set a good example for others.
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