Yusra Mardini-Inspiring Stories From Rio Olympics-Ep1

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As the Rio Olympics just has completed with a bang, looking at this year’s event, there’s been some extremely encouraging and motivating stories happened which is the real message of sports! Never give up!

This series of posts is about the inspiring stories of real fighters from the Rio Olympics 2016.

A year ago, 17 year old refugee Yusra Mardini stuck in a failed dinghy with her sister Sarah and 18 other refugees in Aegean Sea swimming for the life… year later she swam in Olympics and won million hearts!

Syrian civil war affected Mardini had decided to flee Syria with her sister in August 2015. After reaching Turkey, they arranged to be smuggled into Greece by boat with 18 other migrants though the boat capacity was just 6-7 people.

When the boat motor stopped working and dinghy began to sink in sea, Mardini sisters and two other men got into the water,pushed the boat for over three hours and brought it to the shore saving lives of 20 people.

She settled in Germany and started her training for swimming events in Olympics.

She was one of the ten members in Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT) which was first time introduced in Olympics games for the refugees from different countries competing under the Olympic flag.

Mardini competed in the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“It’s the tough times that make you tougher”
So when you’ve got the option to sink or swim, keep on swimming. She have messaged world.

“I want to show everyone that, after the pain, after the storm, comes calm days. I want to inspire them to do something good in their lives.” – Yusra Mardini

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