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Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is well aware of this vital difference. While vigorously competing for an Olympic gold medal, she wore the traditional hijab along with her red, white and blue garb. This combination epitomized an earlier statement that President Obama had made: You’re not Muslim or American, you’re Muslim and American.
As "the first woman to wear the hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics,” Muhammad has served as “an image in sports” that Muslim-American females can resonate with. She has provided the world with an image of integrity and excellence that can help erase negative stereotypes.
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