This time of year, it’s exciting to see the best athletes competing on the world stage at the 2012 Olympics in London. Being able to see people from different countries and cultures come together to compete peacefully is a wonderful characteristic of humanity.
Much of the news coverage has been about Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps and Usain
Bolt. But one athlete has given them a run for their money…that is the South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. He has been a double amputee since he was eleven months old and he uses J-shaped prostheses called the Flex-Foot Cheetah to run his races.
The New York Times reported that the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) initially said that Pistorius would be ineligible to compete because he had an unfair advantage. However the IAAF approved for him to run.
“Being disabled doesn’t mean being disadvantaged,” Pistorius said in a television interview. He is the first amputee to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius will also compete in the Paralympics in London from August 29 – September 9.
Commercials on television about the upcoming Paralympics have given our society a chance to see what’s possible while living with a disability. Some of the sports in this year’s Paralympics games include archery, volleyball, basketball and tennis
While living with a disability, I believe it’s important to do what you love. My motto is that you can live with a disability and still have a purpose!