Ibthihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer and Olympic hopeful from Maplewood, N.J.

Muhammad began fencing sabre at the age of 17. She quickly developed in the weapon, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Duke University where she was a 3-time All American and Junior Olympic Champion. After graduating from Duke with an International Relations and African Studies double major, Muhammad decided to pursue fencing full time.

Currently a member of the US World Championship Team, Muhammad’s career highlights include 2-time USA National Champion, 2-time Pan American Team Champion, 2010 Pan American Bronze Medalist, and 6th place at the 2011 Grade A World Cup in Belgium.

Muhammad fences for the Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF) in New York City with coach Akhi Spencer-El. Muhammad is currently ranked 2nd in the United States, 11th in the world, and is aiming for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.