Ibtihaj Muhammad made history simply by stepping onto the piste at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. By simply being a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, she became the first U.S. woman ever to compete at an Olympic Games wearing a hijab. She left Rio with a bronze medal in women's team saber and returned home to a groundswell of support.
Muhammad was fueled by this support while competing at the Olympics and says that love from Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike has been extremely appreciated. As she represented a revolutionary moment for Muslim athletes, Muhammad's position on Team USA was met with excitement from her hometown and kept her going during the Games.