South African track star Oscar Pistorius failed to qualify for the finals in the 400 meter race at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Pistorius, also known as the Blade Runner, was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated as an 11 month old baby. He now runs on flexible carbon fiber "feet" that are attached to his residual limbs. He made history this week by becoming the first double amputee to compete in track and field at an Olympic Games.
If you recall, I wrote a blog post about the controversy surrounding Pistorius' participation in the games. Some people argue that he has an advantage because his flexible feet provide too much bounce and give him an advantage when running. I fail to see how having no legs can be an advantage for anyone. And Pistorius finished last in the 400 meter today, so he clearly did not have an advantage.
Pistorius should be considered an inspiration. Imagine the years of physical therapy that were required so he could simply learn to walk. And then more training to learn to run at an international level and qualify for the Olympics.
Pistorius is scheduled to run as a member of the 400 meter relay team for South Africa