Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

An American Muslim Fencer Lunges Into U.S. Olympic History In Rio

Even if fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad doesn't medal at the Rio Olympics, she is set to make the history books. Once she hits the fencing strip for her first bout in the women's individual sabre competition on Aug. 8, she will become the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete while wearing a hijab.

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"She didn't find fencing. The sport found her when she was 12, during a car ride with her mother. They were passing a fencing practice at her local high school in Maplewood, N.J., and her mother couldn't help but notice what the athletes were wearing.Fencers, they wear long jackets, and they wear long pants. And "as a Muslim youth, I was looking for a sport where I didn't have to alter the uniform in any way."
"America is all that I know. I feel American down to my bones. For anyone to challenge that idea, that I'm not American or that I don't belong, it's frustrating," Muhammad says. "I want people to see a Muslim woman in hijab and represent the United States this summer. I don't want people to think that that's out of the norm."

Ethan Garcia

Ethan Garcia

Meet the Congolese refugees competing at Rio 2016 | Refugee Olympic Team
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Clearly a highlight of the Olympics: Human stories of struggle and survival-faster,higher and stronger indeed.
"The athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) – the first of its kind.
“These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem. We will offer them a home in the Olympic Village together with all the athletes of the word. The Olympic anthem will be played in their honour and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium."