Yusra Mardini

Yusra Mardini OLY (Arabic: يسرى مارديني; born 5 March 1998) is a Syrian former competition swimmer and refugee of the Syrian civil war. She was a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT) that competed under the Olympic flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 27 April 2017, Mardini was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She also competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR). She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023, alongside her sister, Sarah.

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Sara Mardini and Yusra Mardini: The 100 Most Influential People of 2023

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“We stand up!”

Refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini: ‘We stand up’ again

With her focus still set on Tokyo 2020, Mardini, who was a part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016, is not deterred by the pandemic setback.

The Swimmers

The Swimmers | Official Trailer | Netflix

From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. Based on a true story. Directed by Sally El-Hosaini.

Yusra Mardini TED Talk in Arabic (subtitled)

Yusra Mardini, Amal Arab: How sports empowers refugees — and builds self-reliance

What does it take to help refugee children regain a sense of normalcy? After inspiring the world as one of the first-ever members of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, swimmer Yusra Mardini explains how sports helped her rebuild her life and encourage other refugees around the world.


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