Yusra Mardini is NOT just another athlete in Olympics 2016! This brave young girl is an 18-year-old refugee, who became famous out of the blue when she swam into the Aegean Sea for three hours to save the lives of almost 20 people, on her way back from the war torn homeland, Syria.
This girl represents a 10-refugee-team of athletes at Rio Olympics, 2016. This is happening for the first time that stateless athletes will be competing with the rest under one flag.
The story of this fearless girl will melt your hearts and you would too agree that this lady is worth all the love and appreciation.
Mardini’s act did not only save her life but she became the savior of 20 more people who were aboard on the migrant boat. The mishap took place when the boat suddenly stopped with a risk of overturning.
Reportedly, the boat could only carry 6 people but unfortunately it was overweight as twenty people were boarding on it. The sinking boat reached to Greek shores safely as Yusra, her sister Sarah along with 2 other people pushed it.
The courageous young swimmer revealed that only four people in the boat knew how to swim. So, she had grasped the rope attached to the boat with one hand while swimming for about three long hours. However, the cold water, the darkness and strong waves could not make the super girl give up.
‘We were the only four who knew how to swim. I had one hand with the rope attached to the boat as I moved my two legs and one arm. It was three and half hours in cold water. Your body is almost like … done. I don’t know if I can describe that.’
This Syrian refugee, while talking to the press said that she wants to give a message to the world that refugees are just like other people, who once owned houses and lands but lost them. They did not want to give up their dreams and hopes but the war turned them into refugees however, it failed to snatch their optimism.
The girl from Damascus has confidence, hope and strength to live and find happiness for herself and others. Mardini lives in Berlin now fearing the open water. She did not advance to the 100 meter round in the semifinals of the Rio Olympics 2016. Yet on Wednesday, she is going to swim in freestyle.
Yusra had represented Syria in 2012 FINA World Swimming Championship. She has already won the battle of life in the sea, so her progress in Olympics may not be very important. However, she hopes to work out for 2020 Olympics, Tokyo after training.
We wish this young girl all the best and hope to see her hitting the peaks of success very soon.