Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.
From winning state championships to three-time All-America selections at Duke University, Ibtihaj was poised for success, but the fencing community wasn't ready to welcome her with open arms just yet. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA's saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj had to chart her own path to success and Olympic glory.
Proud is a moving coming-of-age story from one of the nation's most influential athletes and illustrates how she rose above it all.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 12 minutes|
|Author||Ibtihaj Muhammad, Lori L. Tharps|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 24 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #91,151 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#18 in Olympics & Paralympics
#75 in Fencing
#114 in Combat Sports & Self-Defense
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I am also 100% in love with her hijab under her mask. Even though I am not Muslim, I have had waist length hair for my 20 years of fencing. When I saw her rising towards the 2016 Olympic games, I was floored that it took me so long to realized that it was perfectly possible for me to wear something under my mask to not have to rip my hair out on that darn Velcro! (20 years!!!) Going forward, I am going to find a similar head and hair covering for myself simply because of the utter practicality of the garment. At the same time, I hope that the act can normalize the idea of head coverings -- ANY head coverings -- for my students in the future.
Thank you for all you do for fashion and fencing, Ibtihaj!