Shocking and tragic, “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorious first made news for me during his trials to become one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. He garnered international attention as a contender that took great pleasure in using available abilities to excel, despite the developmental disorder that affected him.
In the aftermath of the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, old fans should recall better times for the athlete likely at fault. While it may be a challenge to refrain from unsolicited judgement, the goal should be to at least remember lost lives for their positive values in addition to any negative ones.
Pistorious has always been athletic, and likely especially interested in athletic strength due to a need for increased effort regarding his born condition of bilateral fibular hemimelia in both legs. The medical terminology describes the absence of- or shortening of- the lower limbs, which may affect arms or legs and is named for the affected limbs. Pistorious participated in various championships and Paralympic events before finally qualifying to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics. On August 4 of that year he won the designation of first amputee sprinter to compete at an Olympic Games event and carried the South African flag during the closing ceremony.
Following his credited life motto (below), the adolescent Pistorious participated in his school’s rugby union, along with participation in water polo, tennis and wrestling. It’s reported that Pistorious didn’t commit to running until sometime after he experienced a knee injury while playing one of his other sports.
As many “follow the gold” in their way, I tune in during every Olympic Gaming season along with other fans. We’ll be remember Pistorious next time around, and remember mostly everything he stood for prior to recent tragic events. Oscar spent his life encouraging people of all kinds to overcome their perceive obstacles, encouraging many “disabled” children to realize his personal concept:
“You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.”
Credited as his aforementioned life motto, the quotation above likely played repeatedly in the mind of Pistorious; in order to realize his dreams it would have been necessary to practice the affirmation. Part of that is to teach and prove the affirmation. Although Oscar Pistorious lost his way and now must live with consequences as they befall him, we can practice the affirmation of remembering the positive messages to which he dedicated his prior life.
It’s currently reported that Oscar Pistorious mistook his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder and fatally shot her on February 14, 2013
Karimi, Faith. “A sports hero, a model girlfriend and a death on Valentine’s Day.” 21 Feb 2013. http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/14/world/africa/south-africa-model-profile/ (03 Mar 2013)
Wikipedia contributors, “Oscar Pistorius,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oscar_Pistorius&oldid=542857578 (accessed March 9, 2013).
Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. S.v. “hemimelia.” Retrieved March 9 2013 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/hemimelia