From Syria to Rio 2016 – The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team

From Syria to Rio 2016 – The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team


The Refugee Team is for athletes who have run away from their homeland because they lost it, and they want to continue as athletes, but they didn’t have the materials, they didn’t have the support, but the Olympic Committee now is supporting this team. Actually, when I arrived they were all speaking
German, and I was like…the side girl, you know. But actually a girl knew how to speak English, and there were a lot who know a little bit of English. And sometimes I try to speak German, which is not working but I’m still trying. And yeah, we have a connection. I can speak 2 words in German and then 5 words in English, and they’ll understand me. Now I have 10 training (sessions) in the water and 5 on dry land. And I do 2 training (sessions) with the group and 3 alone. Actually sometimes I have to wake up at like 5 a.m. to have extra training. But we are moving really fast, and this is good. She’s really good, she’s mentally really good; she’s in her high-performance level for the race. I think talent is just a small part. It could make the way easier, but it’s more important to be mentally in good shape and to understand what you want to do and what you want to achieve. In the pool she has to get better in the aerobic foundation and in the power foundation we have to work for but the technical foundation is really good
we just have to stabilise it. And outside the pool, she just has to be like she is. I think anything is possible for me because we are working hard; we know what our plan is. And we know what we miss and what we don’t. And here is not like my country, because my country can’t offer all of that, but here they are offering a lot of things and they can support you the right way. And yeah, I think I could
do whatever I want to. You’re an athlete; you don’t think if you’re Syrian or from London or from Germany. You will just think about your race, and you have your lane, your swimming cap, your swimming lesson, that’s it.

100 Replies to “From Syria to Rio 2016 – The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team”

  1. She left a safe country, Turkey, to travel all the way to Germany, a racially and culturally alien country.

    Europeans are not shameless opportunists like her. Not now, not in the past. We flee to racially congenial nations in times of need, often, to neighboring nations. Ukrainians in 2014 fled either to safe regions within Ukraine or to neighboring Russia. Centuries ago, French Huguenots (Protestants) fled to racially congenial countries too, as opposed to, say, Mongolia, Laos, Chile or Persia.

    Yusra is an opportunist. Millions of people like her are demographically dispossessing the German nation and will reduce Germans to a minority in their own country. Policies and laws that can lead to a totally avoidable demise of an ethnic or racial group is genocide.

  2. good luck و انشاالله موفقة و الله يحميكي و ترفعين علم سوريا في العالي

  3. What's really disturbing about modern society is that even sexuality plays a role in human sympathy. There happens to be two Syrian refugees on the team, this one, and another male. This girls video has 121k views so far and the other guy 20k views. Both have had similar suffering and journeys to be where they are right now. Yet the huge contrast in reception and admiration between both is so cringey. Most comments are coming from those orientalist white European men that are fetishizing this young girl saying things like "I'm going to watch it for you," or "you're beautiful" or "wow I love you." Why bring up physical attraction and sexuality to this? Why doesn't the other refugee male get a similar attention. Sometimes I feel like Muslims/Arabs are the most despised people on the planet, however that only applies for their males. Their females will forever be accepted as exotic animals and fetishized in the west like they need to be saved from the darkness and barbarianism. SMFH 🖕🏿

  4. Beautiful and inspiring. From saving her life, swimming and pushing dingy for three hours to reach Greece, to Rio 2016. That is a gold medal achievement in itself.

  5. What a great thing, I just learned today, that there is a Refugee Team. And this girl is amazing, really impressive! Best wishes from the western part of Germany! 🙂

  6. Good Luck from Syria. You put a smile on the faces of many many SAA soldiers fighting hard here in Aleppo. You reminded them of why we wont give up. Godbless kiddo. In our eyes you allready won more than a medal can get, and you make us all proud

  7. You are truly an inspiration! What you did pushing that boat to safety through the sea is your gold medal. Congratulations and good luck for the Olympics!

  8. I'm not judging, and I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I would genuinely like to understand why would anyone dislike this video?

  9. I wish she was with us. I applaud Gemany and Merkel for doing so much in the way of helping people like her. The rest of the world, should be ashamed, for not stepping up.

  10. she is clearly wonderful. I feel terrible for Syria. i both blame and hate the warmonger countries which made this possible. A country that everybody loves and fears, a country that smiles and dictates the world. A country that can destroy and blame for everything through media and espionage. And its all just for a moment of smiles and deceit for their citizens during elections and for feeling powerful. A country that has turned into the abyss they were fighting in the first place and still doesn't realize that they are the abyss themselves today. 🙁

  11. You go, girl!
    The refugee team is an awesome idea, making it possible for those athletes to continue top level training and pursue their dreams and goals and creating awareness… Yet I think those guy and gals should be starting for the country where they live now. That'd be a great way for Germany to better embrace its Syrian refugees (or for Kenia to embrace the Sudanese ones, and so on) and to show the world that those people deserve a new home that welcomes them – not an eternal refugee status.

  12. Como Sirio me siento orgulloso de que me representas, que sigas adelante y seas un buen ejemplo a seguir. Mucha suerte

  13. the refuge team is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa team who aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa sw aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam

  14. I am from israel.
    Beliveve it or not,we are the only country that help the syrians refugees.
    They said it aswell.
    I hope this war will stop.
    I love you yusra,and i love the all peaceful people in the world.

  15. A YUSRA MARDINI, SOIS UNOS REYES DE CORAZONES, QUE CON TU HERMANITA Y TUS DOS COMPAÑEROS SALVASTEIS A UNA VEINTENA DE REFUGIADOS EN EL MAR EGEO, DURANTE 3 A 4 HORAS DE NOCHE EN AGUAS HELADAS, EMPUJASTEIS UNA BARCAZA EXPONIENDO VUESTRAS VIDAS, FUIETEIS UNOS  H E R O E S  OS ABRAZO  S U E R T E!!!!!

  16. I am not hating her but still I have a question that if she is a Muslim lady than why she is showing her body

  17. Yusra we are reading about you in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and my daughter watched this video at school here in the UK. You are amazing and such a role model for young women everywhere.

  18. Felicito al Comité Olímpico Internacional por auspiciar el Equipo Olímpico de Personas Refugiadas. ¡Excelente!

  19. I love
    Your story is the best example for adolescents and I love swimming and you are so brave yusra mardini

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