Oscar leonard carl pistorius biography

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Blade Runner by Oscar Pistorius

At eleven months old, Oscar Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee. His mother wrote a letter to be read by Oscar when he was grown up: A loser is not one who runs last in the race. It is the one who sits and watches, and has never tried to run.

On discovering that their son had been born with no fibulae, Oscars parents made the difficult decision to have both his legs amputated, giving him the best possible chance of a normal life. Oscar received his first pair of prosthetic legs at just seventeen months, made specifically for him. From then on he became invincible: running, climbing and, with the encouragement of his older brother, getting into any mischief he could.

Throughout the course of his life Oscar has battled to overcome extraordinary difficulties to prove that, with the right attitude, anything is possible. Now, a world-renowned athlete holding two Paralympic world records for the 100m and 200m, Oscar faces his ultimate fight: to fulfil the dream of competing at the 2012 Olympics.

Blade Runner charts the extraordinary development of one of the most gifted sportsmen and inspirational figures on the planet - from immobilised child to world-class sprinter.
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Oscar Pistorius Removes Prosthetic Legs in Court

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Oscar Pistorius , in full Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius , byname Blade Runner , born November 22, , Johannesburg , South Africa , South African track-and-field sprinter and bilateral below-the-knee amputee who, at the London Games , became the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event. His athletic accomplishments were overshadowed when he was convicted of murder in Pistorius was born without a fibula bone in either of his lower legs. His legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, and six months after that he learned to walk on fibreglass pegs. His parents, the owners of a zinc - mining business, encouraged him to participate in sports. He played water polo and rugby in secondary school until he injured a knee in playing rugby. Pistorius began track training to rehabilitate that knee.

Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprinter. He was born without fibula in his lower legs, which were amputated at 11mths of age. He took up competitive running at age 17, and had a successful Paralympics career, winning 6 gold medals. After a long battle to prove that his artificial limbs did not give him an advantage over able bodied runners, he was cleared by the IAAF to compete at the Olympic Games. On 14 February , Pistorius was accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and subsequently found guilty of culpable homicide known as manslaughter elsewhere. Share: Facebook Twitter. Check out the sports in the Encyclopedia of Every Sport.


Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is one of the most phenomenal human beings on this planet. He is mostly known for his athletic track record where he has competed and won many races despite being an amputee. Doctors warned his parents, Henke and Sheila Pistorius that their son could never walk but they tried their best in attempting to save his legs by putting them in plaster to help straighten them. However, when he was 11 months old, his doctors amputated his legs from the knee. Pistorius was lucky for he had good doctors that tried to save most of his leg because any amputation above his knee would have resulted in him not having a running career.

Pistorius was born in Sandton, Johannesburg. Both of his legs are amputated above the ankle, and he runs with prostheses. He first ran in international competitions for able-bodied athletes in In , he competed in the World Championships , and as part of South Africa's silver-medal-winning relay team, he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal. At the Summer Olympics in London, Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to compete in the Olympics. He also competed in the Summer Paralympics.


  1. Sarvamortma says:

    More popularly known by his nickname, The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius is truly an inspirational figure we all can look up to.

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