Yusra Mardini swam to save her life. Now she's swimming on the road to Rio.
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UNHCR
27 Mar 2016 - 12:34 PM  UPDATED 27 Mar 2016 - 12:35 PM

The 17-year-old trained swimmer lost everything when escaping from the horrors of Syria. Yusra, her sister and 20 others had to evacuate the boat on which they traveled.

They furiously swam and kicked to push along the vessel, washing ashore safely three and a half hours later but were left with nothing.

Yusra made it to Germany and soon found a swim coach who saw her potential. He wanted to focus on the 2020 Olympics. However, only nine months after her escape from the failing boat, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) identified Yusra and 42 others for its team of Refugee Olympic Athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

To make it to Rio, all she needs is the qualifying time, and she'll be named among up to 10 finalists announced in June.

She wants to swim at the Olympics, to represent all the refugees. To read more, visit here