Thursday, August 23, 2012

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprinter. A double below-knee amputee since he was a baby, he was nicknamed the 'Blade Runner' owing to his carbon fiber artificial limbs. 

He first competed in international able-bodied events in 2007. Initially he was ruled ineligible to compete by the IAAF, but the decision was reversed. He is part of the South African 2012 Olympic team, competing in 400-meter sprint and 4x400-meter relay events, becoming the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Born: November 22, 1986 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 178 lbs
Website/Social Media:, Twitter

Career Highlights
  • Won gold at the 2004 Athens Summer Paralympics, in 200-meter spring event
  • Won bronze at the 2004 Athens Summer Paralympics, in 100-meter spring event
  • Won gold in 3 events (100-m, 200-m and 400-m sprint) at the 2008 Summer Paralympics
  • won silver at the 2011 World Championships 4x400-meter relay event (able-bodied)
  • included in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2008
  • awarded 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportsperson of the Year with Disability
  • first man to compete both in Olympics and Paralympics

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