TeamRefugees: Yonas Kinde
On a hill overlooking the city of Luxembourg, Yonas Kinde glides around the running track with determination and grace.
"I get power, and more and more power," the Ethiopian marathoner says afterwards, a wide smile breaking out over his slender face. "I normally train every day, but when I heard this news [about the refugee team] I trained two times per day, every day, targeting for these Olympic Games. It's a big motivation."
Yonas, who has lived in Luxembourg for five years now, rarely stops moving. He's been taking French classes regularly, and working as a sports masseuse to earn a living, all the while pushing himself to become a better runner. In Germany last October, he completed a marathon in the impressive time of 2 hours and 17 minutes.
But memories of fleeing his home remain uncomfortable territory. "It's a difficult situation," he says about life in Ethiopia. "It's impossible for me to live there… It's very dangerous for my life."
For Yonas, the chance to run with the world's best in Rio de Janeiro is much more than another race. "I think it will be the big message that refugees, young athletes, they can do their best," he says. "Of course we have problems – we are refugees – but we can do everything in the refugee camp, so it will help refugee athletes."