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October 13, 2021

Yusra Mardini, the vivacious Olympian, shares a story about dreams, setbacks and determination. Yusra gives an overview of her journey from a 9 yr old aspiring swimmer to being selected for the Refugee Olympics team at 17. She further talks about her experience at the Tokyo Olympics. Yusra gives her ideas on how the world could be more inclusive and inspires to never give up on the dreams despite critics. She is an Olympic swimmer and is the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. A Syrian refugee herself, she advocates for refugees globally and has become a powerful voice for the forcibly displaced across the world and is an example of their resilience and determination to rebuild lives and positively contribute to host communities. Yusra’s incredible story is told in her memoir ‘Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph’ which is currently being adapted into a film. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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