Olympic hero and double amputee Oscar Pistorious has one of the most moving stories in Olympic history. He is the first handi-capped person ever to compete in the Olympics with and against able-bodied athletes. His skill on the track in un-deniable and he deserves to be honored, admired and recognized.
This is an older photo, but it surfaced Sunday on Twitter and was passed around the Web after Pistorius raced. It reminds viewers that what Pistorius did for other amputees is immeasurable. Around the world, there were people who are missing arms and legs who looked at him and thought, “If he can do it …” Ellie Challs, the young girl he is racing here, saw a man who looked like her but didn’t accept limits.
But he also did plenty to inspire “able-bodied” people. Though he didn’t make it to the final, he did run well enough in his first heat to make it to the semifinal. Kirani James, the man who won the semifinal Pistorius ran in, was so moved by him that he switched bib numbers with his opponent after their race, and held up Pistorius’ bib to the crowd in London. Kirani then went on to win the Gold Medal for Grenada. It was the first medal Grenada has ever recieved. (Good karma, you do great things and greatness will come back to you.!)
Oscar…you are an inspiration to every human being. Congratulations on accomplishing your Olympic dream.