The Olympics are always home to heartwarming stories of courage, strength, and perseverance. Some Olympic athletes usually have to overcome immense hurdles to even make it to the Games, never mind to have success at them. There are always competitors who are favorites heading into each event, but it’s sometimes the underdogs who are able to pull off stunning upsets that really create the best moments. The inclusion of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT for short) is one that has snagged headlines heading into the Games, and on Saturday, one athlete gave us what will be one of the best moments of Rio 2016.
Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini was a hopeful for the 2020 games in Tokyo until the ROT team came together. This let Mardini – who currently resides in Germany – secure a spot on the 2016 women’s swimming team. Her story is among the most incredible ones, too, as Mardini once hopped out of a stalled boat that was escaping from Syria and pushed it to safety along with her sister, helping to save the lives of 20 people aboard the ship on its way to Greece.