A Syrian refugee who was swimming across borders a year ago is now swimming in the Olympics

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Yusra Mardini

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One year ago, Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini was swimming for her life as she fled Damascus, Syria with her older sister. Today, she is a member of the Olympic refugee team competing in Rio.

The 18-year-old is one of ten athletes competing for the Refugee Olympic Athletes in three sports.

Below, read about Mardini's tenacious and heroic journey, via Alexander Hassenstein of Getty.

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