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Olympics Refugee Team 2016

Meet The Syrian Athletes Competing for #TeamRefugee in Rio


The Olympic Games are steeped in history, but this summer's competition in Rio is breaking barriers in an unprecedented way.

For the first time, a Refugee Olympic Athletes team comprised of ten refugees from around the world will compete under the Olympic flag, and two Syrians have made the team.

Filippo Grandi, who is the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke about the significance of this new team, saying "Their participation in the Olympics is a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees in overcoming adversity and building a better future for themselves and their families."

The two Syrian athletes are 25-year-old Rami Anis and 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, both of whom are swimmers.

Watch the inspiring stories of these two swimmers below, and meet the other eight members of the refugee team here.

Rami Anis

Home Country: Syria

Fled to: Belgium

Event: 100-meter butterfly

Yusra Mardini

Home Country :Syria

Fled to: Germany

Event: 200-meter freestyle

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