Yusra Mardini


Born
Syrian Arab Republic
Website

Genre


Yusra and her elder sister fled the Syrian war and set off on a perilous journey to find safety in Europe. In summer 2015, they travelled through Lebanon to Turkey before departing for Greece in an overcrowded dinghy.



Fifteen minutes into the sea crossing, the boat’s engine failed. As a professional swimmer, Yusra was determined not to let any of her fellow passengers drown. Yusra, her sister and two others jumped into the waves and swam for three and a half hours in open water to stop their dinghy capsizing, saving the lives of 20 people.



A year later, Yusra’s courage, determination and strong swimming skills were recognized by the International Olympic Committee and became a member of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team. Yusra competed at
...more

Average rating: 4.36 · 1,797 ratings · 269 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Butterfly: From Refugee to ...

4.35 avg rating — 1,677 ratings — published 2018 — 29 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Good Night Stories for Rebe...

by
4.35 avg rating — 32,290 ratings — published 2016 — 90 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“That´s right. Only a name. A name given to us by circumstances beyond our control. Now we have to reclaim it. [...] "We are still humans", I say. "We are not only refugees. We are like everyone in the world. We can do something, achieve something. We didn´t choose to leave our homelands. We didn´t choose the name refugee. [...]”
Yusra Mardini, Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph

“La natación es la mejor distracción. Cuando estoy en la piscina nada más parece importar.”
Yusra Mardini, Mariposa: De refugiada a nadadora olímpica. Mi historia de superación y esperanza

“Supongo que nadie sabe lo fuerte que puede llegar a ser hasta que le toca lidiar con la tragedia.”
Yusra Mardini, Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
A Million More Pages: Rapunzel's Time Team 1721 121 Jun 30, 2018 08:29PM  
The Challenge Fac...: Cities of the World - St. Petersburg, Russia 19 36 Jul 02, 2018 06:26AM  
A Million More Pages: It's All About the Seven Dwarfs 103 150 Jul 03, 2018 12:22PM  
A Million More Pages: Fill Red Riding Hood's Basket 109 152 Jul 05, 2018 02:42PM  
A Million More Pages: Climb the Rapunzel Wall with AMMP 99 153 Jul 05, 2018 03:20PM  
The Lost Challenges: Hit Songs of 1968 48 59 Aug 08, 2018 09:22AM  
The Lost Challenges: Summer Bingo! 121 116 Sep 18, 2018 07:33AM  
Reading the World: Gail's Around the World Tracking 4 9 Feb 15, 2019 02:14PM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Yusra to Goodreads.