Have you heard about Oscar Pistorius? He’s a South African sprinter who was born with deformed legs. His parents made the heartbreaking choice to have his legs amputated below the knee in hopes that Oscar would have a better shot at walking and leading a more normal life. Oscar was fitted for his first prosthetic legs before he was two years old and hasn’t stopped since. He’s always been athletic, but began running several years ago. While he has won tons of medals while racing in contests for handicapped athletes, it has been his personal goal to run in a semi-final race in the Olympics. The guy they call Blade Runner accomplished his goal, but didn’t make the cut in his heat.
Which brings us to Kirani James, the runner who won the 400 meter heat shared with Pistorius. Kirani was favored to win the whole race and is in fact a World Champion from Grenada. As soon as the race was over, Kirani approached Pistorius and traded bibs with him. Huge sign of respect from Kirani. Kirani went on to win the Gold medal in the final 400 meter.
Then there’s Manteo Mitchell, a 25 year-old sprinter from North Carolina. He had a half-lap to go in the first lap of the 4X400 relay and felt his leg snap. Literally. His fibula broke, but he kept on running. His mantra was “Faith. Focus. Finish. Faith. Focus. Finish.” He helped the USA qualify for the final 4×400 relay… with a broken leg.
Yeah. My kind of guys. They are an inspiration.
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