Oscar Pistorius

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  • Topic: Amputation, Paralympic Games, Olympic Games
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  • Published : October 24, 2012
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Oscar Pistorius, also known as “blade runner” because of his two carbon fiber prosthetic legs, is a Paralympic athlete who is a double leg amputee below the knee. He was born without a fibula in both of his legs. Oscar’s parents decided to have both of his legs amputated below the knee after consulting with many doctors around the world. Even after this Oscar became a very athletic individual getting involved with rugby and water polo as his two main sports. He also played cricket, tennis and participated in triathlons on the side. At the age of 16 he shattered his knee playing rugby. He then became very involved with running and track in general after having to do this for his rehab anyway. That got him to where he is. Now Oscar is a Paralympic athlete competing in track. He has come home with six gold medals, one silver and bronze medal. He runs the 100m, 200m and 400m in the competitive class of T43/T44 for Paralympics. He also holds a couple world records. At the 2012 Olympic games he was the first ever person with an amputation to run in the Olympics. The problem here is whether he should just strictly compete in the Olympics or just strictly in the Paralympics or should he able to compete in both like he did this past summer. I think that Oscar should have be allowed to compete in, and continue to run in an able-bodied sport such as the Olympics and in the Paralympics because he is obviously able to keep up with other individuals. I also think this because he is also challenging the other competitors. In my opinion just because he has the prosthetic legs doesn’t give him any more of an advantage. He has worked his whole life to get to where he is now and has dedicated his time to running and getting better as an athlete and individual. If he is able to keep up with all the other competitors then why should he not be able to participate in the Olympics. I think Oscar is an inspiration to many. I say this because he has beaten the odds and...
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