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Jan 18, 2022

In celebration of #IamRemarkable Week, Ibtihaj Muhammad discusses her journey, values and career as an award winning fencing athlete and Olympian.

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijabi Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls. Additionally, she has released three books, among them a debut memoir, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream and a children’s picture book, The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab & Family, which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2016, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport.

Moderated by Matt Brittin

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