By now you have likely heard of U.S. Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, the fencing phenom from New Jersey who became the first American athlete to compete at the Rio Olympic Games in a hijab (headscarf). While she didn’t win an individual medal this week, Ibtihaj has made a different kind of history.

“When I realized that there had never been a Muslim woman who wore the hijab to represent Team USA, I wanted it not just for myself, but for my community,” Ibtihaj says in this great interview with MINI USA as she talks about the challenges she’s had to face and what keeps her motivated.

The chances for Ibtihaj to bring home a medal aren’t over just yet; She has a good chance to win Saturday in the team sabre fencing competition. But medal or not, Ibtihaj will forever be in the history books because representation matters.

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