*She and her other 9 refugee team members represent the 65 million displaced people world wide, displaced by war and other terrors.  But for these 10 athletes, for these two weeks, they’ll be able to deal with trying to get to a finish line they can, at the least, see.

I think they embody the goal of Olympism:

“The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”

(Patty)

Yusra Mardini, 100 meter butterflyer, already won when she dove into the Aegean and pushed her sinking boat of fellow refugees to safety.* (a 140 character tweet)

3 thoughts on “Yusra Mardini, 100 meter butterflyer, already won when she dove into the Aegean and pushed her sinking boat of fellow refugees to safety.* (a 140 character tweet)

  1. More info on Yusra’s fellow athletes:

    “…Rami Anis from Syria, a swimmer; runners Yiech Pur Biel, Paulo Amotun Lokoro, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith, James Nyang Chiengjiek, and Rose Nathike Lokonyen (also the flag bearer), all originally from South Sudan; judokas Yolande Bukasa Mabika and Popole Misenga, originally from the DRC; and Yonas Kinde, a runner originally from Ethiopia. Mardini will be the first of the refugee delegation to compete, on Aug. 6, and Kinde will be last, competing in the marathon. ”

    -from: http://qz.com/751734/this-olympics-finally-represents-the-whole-world-including-millions-of-people-with-no-country/

    (Patty)

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  2. Hers is such an incredible story and I’m so glad that she and the rest of the refugee “team” received such a warm welcome when they entered the stadium last night.

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