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Fencing finds its star in American Ibtihaj Muhammad

In Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencing might have finally found an athlete whose story transcends the sport.

Muhammad will make history at the Rio Games by becoming the first American athlete to wear a hijab — a Muslim head scarf — while competing in the Olympics.

Muhammad's Olympic goal — beyond winning a medal, of course — is to be a positive role model for the Muslim-American community. Muhammad is well on her way to doing so, recently earning a spot on Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2016 list.

"I've been in this sport for a pretty long time — at this point I feel like I've kind of created a name for myself. If anything, I think...