Maplewood honors local Olympic hero

Muhammad earned a bronze medal in fencing, becoming the first Muslim-American to compete while wearing a traditional hijab.

Muhammad earned a bronze medal in fencing, becoming the first Muslim-American to compete while wearing a traditional hijab. (9/10/16)

MAPLEWOOD - The town of Maplewood is honoring its own Olympic medal winner, Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Muhammad earned a bronze medal in fencing, becoming the first Muslim-American to compete while wearing a traditional hijab.

Many people from across the area lined the streets Saturday to snap pictures and grab autographs of the small-town hero who made it big last month in Rio.

"I tell people all the time that I'm just a girl from Jersey who decided to work hard and I tell kids all the time that they can easily have what I have if they're willing to work hard for it," she says. "I remember being told that there were things I couldn't do because I was a girl, because of my faith, because of my race, and I just want people to know that literally I just decided to work hard."

Muhammad graduated from Columbia High School and was the coach of the fencing team.

She says her love of sports began at a very young age, and her desire to be the best came from competing against her siblings.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Investigators say Quadeer Nelson and Kevin McKenzie distributed 1 2 arrested for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana that sickened dozens
VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers 2 VIDEO: Amazon announces new NJ centers
3 Police investigating overnight shooting in Paterson
Manta rays, dragons, octopuses and more littered the 4 Kite festival kicks off in Long Branch
5 Neighborhood Brief for April 23

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE