Yusra Mardini: Olympic Swimmer Who Swam Three Hours Pushing a Boat of Other Syrian Refugees to Safety

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Almost every athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games will have an interesting backstory, but Yusra Mardini’s is more extraordinary than most.   Mardini is in Rio to represent a team of 10 refugee Olympic athletes.  While any other 18-year-old’s biggest achievements may be confined to the A-level results they leave school with, Mardini’s is almost incomprehensible.

“I had to be funny while almost dead, because there were six year old boys in the boat too,” said Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee competing in swimming at the Rio Olympics.

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