Saturday, August 6, 2016

Olympic swimmer helps save 20 lives

Yusra Mardini is at the Olympics today as part of a 10-member refugee team. She's a talented swimmer and will compete in the women's 100-meter butterfly and freestyle heats. But you'll never guess how she got noticed as a potential Olympic swimmer.

Like many Syrian refugees, she tried to escape to Greece. She and 19 other refugees were squeezed onto a small boat meant for six passengers, and set adrift. Within 30 minutes, the overloaded dinghy began filling with water. Yusra and her sister jumped out of the boat and swam behind it, pushing it through the Aegean Sea all the way to land. Everyone on the boat survived. To meet her and hear her tell her own story, visit  You'll be glad you did!

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