Oscar Pistorius: The Double-Amputee Olympian
When the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off this Friday, athletes from all over the world will gather in London to show off their athletic feats. Only one of these athletes, however, is a double amputee.
Oscar Pistorius is the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius was born without fibulas, one of the two bones of the leg. Because of this, his legs were amputated at the middle of his shins. Despite this, he played several different sports when he was younger, and now is a well-known sprinter. He competes with the assistance of two blade-like carbon fiber prosthetics, giving him the nickname “Blade Runner.”
After failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympics, Pistorius qualified last year for the 2012 Olympics to represent his native South Africa. Despite setting several records for disabled athletes, Pistorius will now compete against able-bodied athletes from around the globe.
As a Podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care in Troy Oh, I especially know how amputations can affect not only one’s mobility, but their quality of life. Athletes like Pistorius continue to defy the status quo and strive to make the most out of their disability. Be sure to tune into this summer’s Olympic Games and try to catch a glimpse of the “fastest man with no legs”.