Oscar Pistorius inspires disabled athletes with courageous performance
It was one of the most controversial stories going into the 2012 Olympics. South African runner Oscar Pistorius had been disallowed to participate in the 2008 Games but was given the opportunity to compete in London. Pistorius, a double amputee since the age of 11 months, used his iconic carbon fiber limbs to run in the 400-meter race and the 4x400-meter relay. Pistorius advanced to the semifinals of his individual race before bowing out in eighth place. He also competed in the relay final for his team that placed eighth out of nine teams.
Raised in a Christian home, Pistorius has won five medals at two different Paralympic Games (including four golds) and was part of a the South African team that won silver in the 4x400-meter relay at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
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