Syrian refugee who swam to save her life last year now hopes to compete in Rio Olympics 2016

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We were swimming in the water for three-and-a-half hours until we got to Greece. It was really horrible. I couldn’t see anything, I wear glasses. The trip was a straight line.

Yusra Mardini, an 18-year-old Syrian refugee swam to save her life from a sinking boat, while fleeing Damascus with her sister last year. But now, this Syrian refugee is using her swimming skills with the hope to get a spot the in an Olympic team made up of refugees, to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

I want to show everybody that it’s hard to arrive at your dreams but it’s not impossible. You can do it; everyone can do it if I can do it, any athlete can do it, said Yusra Mardini.

The motor of the boat carrying Mardini and others suddenly stopped working, while they were on their way to Lesbos, Greece. Mardini was one of the three swimmers on the boat, carrying 20 refugees. They jumped into the water and pushed the boat to Greek land.

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Yusra Mardini’s family home in Damascus was destroyed. Mardini made it to Berlin along with her sister and reunited with her family, after 25 days of travel, which included a six-hour trek through a cornfield and even running away after getting arrested by Serbian police.

Mardini with 43 others has been trying for a spot on the Refugee Olympic Athletes team, which was created by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee in early March. Her trainer, Sven Spannekrebs pointed that the determination of Mardini can definitely lead to Olympic success.


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