Oscar Pistorius – Olympic Sprinter – September 2012
I was hard pressed not to select Oscar Pistorius, aka the Blade Runner, as the August Athlete of the month. His performance in the 2012 London Summer Olympic games was so inspiring and I think the entire world must have been rooting for him. Watching him compete against able-bodied athletes and beat them was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in athletics in my entire life.
~ taken from an article published on HubPages, September 2012
Least we forget – just one year ago this is what the media and public saw. This is why many of us still believe in Oscar.
A young life that showed nothing but strength, perseverance, success and drive. Being a world-class athlete is no small achievement. If that was all Oscar Pistorius stood for it could be said that he was among the gifted few.
But Oscar is a lot more than that. He become an icon. He become a brand. He became a movement. He challenged establishments. He fought against stereotypical prejudice. He made it “cool” to run with no legs.
What did the “blade runner” mean to people challenged by physical or mental disabilities? He made them feel “ten feet tall.” He was a refreshing force for change. He believed that one person can make a difference. He wanted “abilities” not “disabilities” to define a person.
To believe that he would throw away a career, his personal freedom, his entire life in a rash act of anger is ridiculous.
That’s why I believe.
– Beverley David