Why is Oscar Pistorius no 48? |
Never has an athlete made eighth place look so good. When Oscar Pistorius of South Africa came in last in his heat of the men’s 400m semifinal at this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, it was his biggest win in a career full of them. You see, as a child, Pistorius had both legs amputated (due to congenital absence of the fibulae) and replaced with bladelike carbon-fiber prostheses, which some say gives him an unfair advantage when running against two-footed humans. We say hogwash! Pistorius’ achievements should not be relegated to a byproduct of his disability, but instead as a result of his rigorous training and limitless heart. Now Pistorius turns his attentions to London 2012, and all we can say is, Godspeed, Blade Runner
Oscar Pistorius on making the 2011 Top 49
This is a great honor for me to be named as one of the 49 most influential men of 2011 by AskMen. Thank you to all the readers who have voted for me. This is truly humbling.