Has Wings
Oscar Pistorius

His sport has him pounding the ground, but we think Oscar Pistorius soars!

This 25 year old South African sprinter has had a long journey rife with hurdles, but he has overcome them through unwavering determination and is set to become the first double amputee athlete to compete at the Olympics.

Oscar, known as the "Blade Runner," was born without fibula bones in his shins, a congenital defect that led to a double leg amputation below either knee at just 11 months old. Six months later he received his first pair of prosthetic legs, and within days he had mastered them.

Never letting his disability prevent him from playing sports or participating in any other activity, Oscar even played rugby before getting into track. "You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have," says Oscar.

While he is already a record breaking star in his sport and holds multiple medals in the Paralympics, Oscar has always dreamt of competing in the Olympics alongside able-bodied athletes. After years of fighting through adversity for this right, his dreams have come true.

"To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together." Oscar says that he is also, "hugely excited to then be competing to defend my three Paralympic titles at the Paralympic Games."

Oscar's relentless determination and can-do attitude have us in awe, and we are proud to bestow him with WINGS as he goes into this 30th Summer Olympic Games in London.




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