Universal Sports’ Top 12 in ’12: No. 3
No. 3: Oscar Pistorius Competes in London Games
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Oscar Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics during the London Games by competing in the men’s 400m as well as the 4 x 400m relay team for South Africa. Although he did not make it to the medal stand, he won the hearts and admiration of fans from around the world as well as his fellow athletes. Following the summer games, Pistorius went on to compete at the London Paralympics one month later where he won three medals including gold in his signature event, the 400m, where he set a new Paralympic record.
“Oscar Pistorius won the legal battle, despite the odds, to compete on the track against able-bodied athletes, and then won the hearts of the fans by making it to the semi-finals of the Olympic Games 400m. And for good measure, he made an appearance for his county in the Olympic final of the 4x400m. Bolt, Mo Farah and others may have headlined in London, but the story of the 2012 Olympics will always include the name Oscar Pistorius of South Africa.”
- Ato Boldon – Universal Sports Track & Field Analyst and four-time Olympic Medalist