In case you missed it (like I did), an amazing inspirational story about a very determined athlete came to light during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The story is about an Olympic runner named Oscar Pistorious, who happens to be a double below-the-knee amputee. Born without fibulas (the bones that run from below the knees to the ankles), Oscar had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. Despite his disability, he competed in a number of sports as a boy, including rugby.
After a serious knee injury, he took up running as part of his rehabilitation training. He began competing in the Paralympics in 2004, and moved onto able-bodied competitions in 2005, setting a number of records along the way. He eventually qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and went on to reach the semifinals, turning in the 13th fastest time among 49 sprinters from 39 countries.
Oscar gives his mother, Sheila, credit for inspiring him throughout his life, for never taking “no” for answer. She wrote to him, shortly before she died, in 2002, “The real loser is never the person who crosses the finishing line last,” she wrote. “The real loser is the person who sits on the side, the person who does not even try to compete.”
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