Monday, August 6, 2012

My Favorite Olympic Moment

Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner," finished last in his 400m semi-final. Photo: AP
You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have ~ Oscar Pistorius

The fine people of London demonstrate remarkable hospitality hosting an Olympic show I will savor for years to come.   These games are extra special for me because I'm watching them with my entire family.  My favorite Olympic moment was watching Oscar Pistorius in the 400m semi-final.  Oscar is the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics.

Pistorius crossed the finish line in last place, however, his heart and his drive prompted Kirani James of Grenada, the first place finisher and reigning 400m world champion, to swap numbers with him after the race.  Every one of Pistorius's rivals embraced him when the race was over.

In life, Pistorius is a game-changer.  It's hard to believe the world may have missed this amazing feat, had Pistorius not been injured while playing rugby.  He began running as part of his rehab and discovered his gift.  He also wrestled and played tennis before becoming a track superstar.  Way to go, Oscar.  Thanks for a great Olympic moment.

What's your favorite Olympic moment?  Please share in the comments section below.

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