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>> When Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini took part in the Rio Olympics in 2016, it was hard to believe that nearly a year earlier, the teenager almost drowned at sea while escaping the war.
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w her extraordinary story will be told in a Hollywood movie and memoir.>> We were all on the boat and I've been like looking at the kid with us on the boat.
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And I was, like, the salt in my eyes, in my nose, in my throat, and I was really thirsty, also, and hungry. And yeah, I still had to make some jokes and to laugh at his face so he won't feel it, because I was more afraid about the kid than me.
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>> Mardini had been a keen swimmer from a young age but her dream of becoming a professional athlete came to a grinding halt when war broke out in Syria in 2011. She and her sister Sarah left their Damascus home four years later and headed to Turkey where they boarded a dinghy at night and attempted the crossing to Greece.
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The journey to Europe was made by more than a million refugees that year and Mardini said during her crossing the boat started to sink. With no other choice, the sisters along with two other refugees jumped into the sea and dragged the small vessel for more than three hours to the Greek island of Lesbos.
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>> Me and my sister saw about the same thing which is that we are swimmers. And it would've been a shame if we died there.>> Mardini, now 20, has her eyes set on the Tokyo 2020 games. And hopes her memoir Butterfly named after her strongest stroke will inspire others.