The United States is known for producing some great athletes and Ibtihaj Muhammad is no exception. But there's one way this 30-year old three time US National fencing champion is unique – she will be the first US athlete to represent the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics in a hijab.

Muhammad has achieved great success in fencing recently, winning a gold with the national team at the 2014 World Fencing Championships and bronze at several other events. She recently clinched a spot in the Rio Olympics and will be looking to continue her amazing journey in Brazil later in the year.

Interestingly, Muhammad got into fencing when she was looking for a sport where the entire body could be covered. When she was in school, her mother noticed that fencing athletes had to cover their entire bodies – this led to Muhammad's taking up fencing as an active sport.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, she also spoke about how the lack of diversity in the sport also motivated her: "Historically, it’s always been a white sport reserved for people with money."

Check out some of her moves in the video below: