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South Africa’s Fallen Blade Runner

Posted February 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm (UTC-4)

Where there was once joy and smiles on the track, there are now bowed heads and tears in a Pretoria courtroom. The last time I blogged about Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s “Blade Runner,” was on July 4, 2012, the Independence Day holiday in the United States. Pistorius described that day as one of the proudest […]

South Africa’s Blade Runner Makes Olympic History

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-4)

Calling it one of the proudest days of his life, Oscar Pistorius was selected Wednesday for South Africa’s Olympic team for the upcoming London Games. The 25-year-old Pistorius, nicknamed “The Blade Runner” for his carbon fiber, artificial legs, will become the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event. South Africa’s Olympic Committee says […]

South Africa’s Blade Runner

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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The resiliency of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is unquestionable. After seeing what he has been through, some might even call it almost impossible. Pistorius was born in November 1986, and 11 months later doctors discovered he was missing bones in both of his lower legs. His legs were amputated below the knee, ending any […]

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