Get to know first-time Olympic sabre fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad of Team USA.
Ibtihaj Muhammad was born on Dec. 4, 1985, in Maplewood, New Jersey, and is of African-American descent.
Muhammad started fencing at 13 when she joined the team at Columbia High School in Maplewood. Raised a devout Muslim, Muhammad fenced partly because her parents sought a sport she could play where she could be fully covered.
Muhammad joined the Peter Westbrook Foundation in 2002. The prestigious program uses fencing as a tool to develop life skills in youth from underprivileged communities.
Former PWF student and Olympian from the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, Akhi Spencer-El (pictured), coaches Muhammad in the Westbrook Foundation's Elite Athlete Program. Muhammad takes the PATH train from New Jersey to New York City each weekday to train.
Muhammad earned an academic scholarship to Duke, where she was a three-time All-American and a 2005 Junior Olympic Champion. She graduated in 2009 as a double major in International Relations and African Studies. She minored in Arabic.
Even though she has never competed in the Olympics, Muhammad has been on the United States National Fencing Team since 2010. She ranks No. 2 in the United States and No. 8 in the world. She also is a five-time Senior World medalist, including a 2014 World championship in the team event.
In August, Muhammad will become the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. In an interview with ESPN, she called herself "your basic Hijabi Zorro."
A hand injury kept Muhammad from qualifying for the London Olympics in 2012, but she's a legitimate medal hopeful in 2016 thanks to bronze medals in two of the first three world cup events.
Muhammad launched her own clothing company in 2014. The company is called Louella, named for her grandmother. The company "delivers a fresh and vibrant look to the modest fashion industry," according to the Louella website.