In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, Ysra Mardini, left, and her sister Sarah, right, from Syria pose for a photo during a training session in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Sarah and Yusra Mardini pull bathing caps over their long, black hair and slide into the water, disappearing among the throng of swimmers with powerful, practiced strokes. Two months ago the sisters were swimming for their lives, after jumping off an inflatable boat that began taking on water carrying refugees to Greece. Now they are plowing down the length of a pool built for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin that has become a home away from home for two young women, who were once among Syria's brightest swimming stars.Yusra, now 17, even represented Syria at the short-course world championships in Turkey in 2012 .When that wasn't enough, Yusra, Sarah and three others who were also strong swimmers jumped into the water in order to give the boat more buoyancy.
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