So…who’s a guy named Blade?
If you haven’t seen him on the London track yet, be sure to take the time to tune in. From Sunday, you all know I’m in love with the stories and the energy of these games, teams and athletes…but this story. This can capture us all.
Known as Blade or the fastest man without legs, Oscar Pictiouris had his legs amputated at 11 months old because of a genetic disorder called fibular hemimelia (congenital absence of the fibula) in both legs.
During this athletic career, Oscar was invited for a scientific study in which the “report claimed that Pistorius’s limbs used 25% less energy than runners with complete natural legs to run at the same speed, and that they led to less vertical motion combined with 30% less mechanical work for lifting the body.”
Oscar has fought much adversity and unfortunately did not qualify for the Beijing Olympics representing his county South Africa, but did not give up hope. In the 2008 Paralympics, Oscar won three gold medals and then in 2011 qualified for the 2012 London Olympics with the South America team and as the first double amputee athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
Pictiouris will compete this week with the South American team in the 400 metres and the 4 × 400 metres relay races.
No matter what country you are from, this is an outstanding story of adversity. Congratulations to Oscar!