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Oscar Pistorius

All are able to run but he does it with no legs.

Oscar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. When the future athlete was 11 months,  his legs were removed below the knees, because since birth he had no fibula in his both legs. Nevertheless, he went to a normal school and, indeed, was actively engaged in sports such as running, rugby, tennis, water polo and wrestling. Later, after a knee injury, he focused only on the track and field and was rapidly progressing. Over time, he also enrolled in the University of Pretoria with a specialization in management - but, by his own admission, because of training he had to shorten the time of the course, and did not expect to complete the education earlier than at the age of 30.
     In 2008, the Sports Federation of the University of Pretoria named Oscar Pistorius the athlete of the  year. At Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, he won a bronze medal in the 100 meters and a gold medal at the distance of 200 meters. In the 2006 World Cup among disabled people, he won at three different distances - 100, 200 and 400 m, but Pistorius became really known when he began to compete with conventional runners.  In 2005, the International Athletics Federation invited him to take part in the Grand Prix in Helsinki, but Pistorius could not attend the competition because he was busy with his studies at University. But then he participated in  two  tournaments - the stage of the "Golden League" in Rome and the Grand Prix in Sheffield.

    I believe that this man has a very strong spirit and will.
Category: ISSUE #7 | Added by: gretagolden73 (07-Dec-2012) | Author: Dima Pafnutov
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