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3 Athletes I Admire: Ellie, Oscar, & Kirani

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hopefully this isn’t breaking any international laws, but I love these posts and pictures so much I thought I’d make sure that they were in your hands too!

Inspirational moments: Oscar Pistorius in the best picture you’ll see

By Yahoo.com’s  Maggie Hendricks |

Oscar Pistorius has already inspired a generation with his 400m performance, despite being a double amputee. See?

(Twitter)

This is an older photo, but it surfaced Sunday on Twitter and was passed around the Web after Pistorius raced. It reminds viewers that what Pistorius did for other amputees is immeasurable. Around the world, there were people who are missing arms and legs who looked at him and thought, “If he can do it …” Ellie Challs, the young girl he is racing here, saw a man who looked like her but didn’t accept limits.

[ Photos: Inspiring moments from London Olympics ]

But he also did plenty to inspire “able-bodied” people. Though he didn’t make it to the final, he did run well enough in his first heat to make it to the semifinal. Kirani James, the man who won the semifinal Pistorius ran in, was so moved by him that he switched bib numbers with his opponent after their race, and held up Pistorius’ bib to the crowd in London.

Kirani James swaps numbers with Oscar Pistorius after 400 meters semifinal

By Yahoo.com’s Jeff Eisenberg | Fourth-Place Medal – Sun, Aug 5, 2012 5:37 PM EDT

Kirani James and Oscar Pistorius exchange bib numbers (NBCOlympics.com screen shot via @sluggahjells)

Grenada‘s Kirani James may capture gold in the 400 meters Monday night, but his most inspirational moment of the Olympics probably came the previous day.

Instead of immediately celebrating his victory in the 400-meter semifinals Sunday, James approached South Africa‘s Oscar Pistorius, embraced him and asked to exchange bib numbers. It was a sign of the respect the reigning world champion has for the double amputee sprinter whose bid to make the 400 meters final fell short when he finished last in their semifinal heat.

“My hat’s off to him, just coming out here and competing,” James told reporters in London on Saturday after Pistorius qualified for the semifinals. “I just see him as another athlete, another competitor. What’s more important is I see him as another person. He’s someone I admire and respect.”

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  1. Grenada‘s Kirani James may capture gold in the 400 meters Monday night, but his most inspirational moment of the Olympics probably came the previous day.

    In my mind at that moment, he inspired the world. What he did then makes him a winner.

  2. So true!

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