The following is an article that first appeared in the New York Times about Yusara Mardini who is representing Syria in the Rio Games. This is one amazing young woman who has overcome overwhelming adversity to reach this achievement.
Yusra Mardini, who will compete on the refugee team at the Rio Games, trained at the Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 club in Berlin. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times
BERLIN — Yusra Mardini, an Olympic swimmer, was an hour and a half into her first training session of the day, butterfly-kicking down the length of a pool with a yellow rubber duck balanced on her head.
Other young swimmers shared the lane, but Mardini, 18, kept her own pace, darting down the center, emerging at the edge of the pool from time to time to…
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