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Ibtihaj Muhammad

HOMETOWN: Maplewood, N.J.

BIRTH YEAR: 1985

BIRTHPLACE: Maplewood, N.J.

Event: Saber
Height: 5'7''
Weight: 145 lbs.
Club: Peter Westbrook Foundation
Coach: Akhi Spencer-El
Education: Dual Bachelor's degrees in international relations and African and African-American studies from Duke (2007). Muhammad also attended the School for International Training in Rabat, Morocco (Summer 2006) where she completed courses in Moroccan culture and intensive Arabic.
Interests: Politics, photography, language, football, culture and religion
Influences: There are so many! My parents have guided me spiritually which has kept me grounded; my coach, Akhi, for believing in my athletic ability; and six-time Olympian Peter Westbrook for his guidance and support.
Current U.S. Ranking: No. 2
Current World Ranking: No. 12

Honors:

  • Three-time NCAA All-American (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Muslim Sportswoman of the Year (2012) 

Senior World Championship Teams: 2015 (Bronze - Team), 2014 (Gold - Team), 2013 (Bronze - Team), 2012 (Bronze - Team), 2011 (Bronze - Team), 2010
Pan American Games Teams: 2011 (Gold - Team)
Pan American Championship Teams: 2015 (Gold - Team), 2014 (Bronze), 2013 (Gold - Team), 2012 (Gold - Team), 2011 (Gold - Team), 2010 (Gold - Team, Bronze - Individual)

Personal: A five-time Senior World team medalist and 2014 Senior World Team Champion, Muhammad will make history in Rio as the first U.S. woman compete in the Olympic Game in hijab. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the world during the 2015-16 season, Muhammad has won both individual and team medals on the World Cup circuit.  

As a Muslim youth, Muhammad’s parents were in search of a sport for her to play where she could be fully covered. Fencing provided a unique opportunity where Muhammad could fulfill her desire to participate in sport and adhere to the tenants of her faith to cover her body.  She began fencing at age 13 and never looked back. 

Muhammad trains in New York City at the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by Olympian Peter Westbrook to mentor inner-city kids through the sport of fencing. Muhammad, a three-time All-American, graduated from Duke University with a dual major in international relations and African studies, and a minor in Arabic. In 2014, Muhammad launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest fashionable clothing to the United States market.

She also is a sports ambassador, where she serves on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative. She has traveled to various countries to engage in dialogue on the importance of sports and education.

Recent Competition History

2016:

  • Bronze - Athens World Cup

2015:

  • Silver - Seoul Grand Prix 
  • Bronze - USA Fencing National Championships (Division I)
  • Bronze - Gent World Cup 
  • 17th - Athens World Cup 
  • 21st - Gent World Cup 

2014:

  • Gold - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Antalya World Cup (Team)
  • Silver - Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - Moscow Grand Prix
  • Bronze - Pan American Championships 
  • Seventh - Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup (Individual)
  • Ninth - January North American Cup (Division I)
  • 13th - Antalya World Cup (Individual)
  • 14th - Orleans World Cup
  • 19th - Margarita Island World Cup 
  • 21st - Gent World Cup
  • 21st - Orleans Grand Prix
  • 33rd - Dakar World Cup
  • 34th - Bolzano World Cup
  • 35th - Absolute Fencing Gear New York Grand Prix 
  • 35th - Senior World Championships (Individual)

2013:

  • Gold - Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup (Team)
  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - December North American Cup (Division I)
  • Silver - Bologna World Cup
  • Bronze - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Seventh - Antalya World Cup
  • 11th - Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup
  • 12th - London World Cup
  • 13th - Gent World Cup
  • 18th - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • 18th - Orleans Grand Prix
  • 18th - Moscow Grand Prix

2012:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Bronze - World Team Championships 
  • Bronze - January North American Cup
  • Fifth - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • Sixth - Bologna World Cup
  • 11th - Korfanty World Cup
  • 11th - Tianjin Grand Prix
  • 20th - Gent World Cup
  • 24th - Moscow Grand Prix

 

2011

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - Pan American Games (Team)
  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Team)
  • Gold - North American Cup C 
  • Bronze - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Bronze - New York World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - USA Fencing National Championships (Division I)
  • Fifth - Pan American Games (Individual)
  • Fifth - December North American Cup 
  • Sixth - Gent World Cup
  • Seventh - New York World Cup (Individual)
  • Ninth - Tianjin Grand Prix
  • Ninth - Pan American Championships (Individual)
  • 14th - Istanbul World Cup
  • 17th - Bologna World Cup
  • 20th - Moscow Grand Prix
  • 24th - London World Cup
  • 35th - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • 41st - Orleans Grand Prix

2010:

  • Gold - Pan American Championships (Team)
  • Gold - December North American Cup
  • Silver - North American Cup F
  • Bronze - Tianjin World Cup (Team)
  • Bronze - Tunisia World Cup (Bronze)
  • Fourth - Senior World Championships (Team)
  • Seventh - New York World Cup 
  • Ninth - USA Fencing National Championships 
  • 14th - Senior World Championships (Individual)
  • 18th - North American Cup D

2009:

  • Gold - USA Fencing National Championships (Division I Individual)
  • Silver - USA Fencing National Championships (Division I Team)
  • Seventh - North American Cup C

2005:

  • Gold - USA Fencing Junior Olympic Championships