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Refugee Olympic Swimmer Yusra Mardini
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    This 18-year-old swam for her life in Syria, and now she’s swimming in Rio. Her dream? To get a gold medal and demonstrate what refugees are capable of.

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Yusra Mardini's message for the United Nations
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    Yusra Mardini shares her struggles, accomplishments, and dreams with the United Nations. Truly an inspirational speech from an exceptional human being.

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#TeamRefugees: Yusra Mardini
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    Yusra has dreamt of the Olympics for years. Now a refugee in Germany, she hopes to qualify to compete at the Games in Brazil.

    “I want to represent all the refugees because I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days,” she says. "I want to inspire them to do something good in their lives.”

    In 2016 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) identified Yusra and 42 others for its team of Refugee Olympic Athletes. If she achieves a qualifying time, Yusra will be among between five and 10 finalists to be announced in June.

    None of these athletes would normally be able to participate in the Olympics because their status as refugees has deprived them of a home country to represent. The IOC says the team will march just behind the Olympic flag, and ahead of their Brazilian hosts, at the opening ceremony on 5 August.

    Determined Yusra has an extraordinary story - she has already swum to save her life and others - after her overcrowded boat from Turkey failed, she swam to Lesvos, Greece. Yusra's determination determination and strength saved the lives of 20 other refugees.



     

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From Syria to Rio 2016 - The story of Yusra Mardini
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    Young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini will swim for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016. We speak to Yusra in Germany to see how she has settled into her new life and how she is training for the Olympic Games.

     

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Swimming for her life: From Syria to the Olympics
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    Yusra talks about how she and her sister Sara, left their home in Syria and sought refuge in Germany after crossing the Aegean from Turkey to Greece.

    Yusra is a member of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team which will be competing at the Rio Olympics, which begin on Friday 5 August. Read Yusra’s story here: https://iamamigrant.org/stories/germany/yusra

    Video by Boryana Ivanova.

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