July 9, 2012
PASSION: Running on blades

Oscar Pistorius had his legs amputated just below the knee when he was only eleven months old. But Pistorius and his family refused to allow his disability to interfere with his life.  Now, Pistorius is known affectionately as, “the fastest man on no legs” or, “Blade Runner”.

He has taken home a bronze and four gold medals combined at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic games in Athens and Beijing, respectably.

This year he will be the first athlete with disabilities to compete in the Olympic games.

To learn more about Blade Runner, read this article here.

In July and August, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “passion,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.

 

 

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