You could say it's been a pretty good week for fencing athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The 30-year-old New Jersey native was recognized by President Barack Obama during his visit to a Baltimore mosque on Wednesday and asked to stand for a moment of recognition.
Muhammad's accomplishment? Well, she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio over the weekend and will become what is believed to be the first U.S. woman to compete in a hijab, the headscarf worn by Muslim women.
"I told her to bring home the gold," Obama said in his remarks. "Not to put any pressure on [her]."
Muhammad qualified for her spot on Saturday after winning bronze at the Athens world cup. The achievement locked her into the second spot in the rankings behind two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis. It was the culmination of a four-year quest that began when Muhammad tore a ligament in her hand while attempting to qualify for the 2012 Games in London.
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