'Olympics my biggest dream' - Yusra Mardini's journey from being a Syria refugee to swimming at Tokyo 2020
Yusra Mardini is one of the 29 athletes who make up the Olympic Refugee Team. After surviving a traumatic journey from Syria to Europe, Mardini is set to compete in her second Olympic Games as a swimmer representing the team that is three times bigger than the one that took part at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Trailblazers - Yusra Mardini: From fleeing a warzone to competing at the Olympics
For three-and-a-half hours they dragged the boat through the waves to the island of Lesbos and Mardini was forced to swim for her life.
Eventually she found refuge in Hamburg, Germany and built on her skill she required to survive into one she could compete at an Olympic level in.
Mardini won her heat in the 100m butterfly at Rio 2016 but was not fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
In conversation: Olympic swimmers Yusra Mardini and Katie Ledecky
She hopes her participation in the Games can help end the stigma of being known as a refugee and wants to inspire other refugees to dream big.
"After Rio I took the responsibility to stand up for refugees," she said in Eurosport's Trailblazers series.
"To stand up for younger generations to say 'OK, I have a hard background but I still kept moving and am still dreaming' as you should.
"I always want to remind people that there are still refugees that are still crossing illegally in a really horrific ways.
"There are still people who are dying at sea and people not welcoming refugees all around the world.
"I want to have my own foundation to support refugees, I want to study as well, I want to act.
"I want to do lots of things but, for me, swimming has been number one and being a part of the Olympic games is my biggest dream.
"My dream is for the world to be at peace and there will be no more refugees anymore. That those wars will end and that we are all equal in the world and live peacefully and in harmony. I know it's hard but this is my dream."
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