Rio Olympics and Ibtihaj Muhammad

Congratulations to all the US Olympic team members, and especially Ibtihaj Muhammad.  Muhammad is an African American Muslim, who wears a hijab (and according to her account as reported in Time magazine and elsewhere, the suitability of fencing for a woman wearing a hijab was instrumental in her participation in the sport.)

Ibtihaj Muhammad was Coach Becca’s teammate at Duke, and Becca helped coach her.  Becca would never brag about this but we suspect she had just a little bit to do with Muhammad’s current success.  (Becca Ward was a multiple World Champion and double Olympic medalist when she started her Freshman year at Duke U, in 2008).

There are several recent mass media stories about her, such as a 4 pager with full page fencing picture in Time magazine.

-Coach Rick