`You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.` Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur. In 2008, he won a landmark case against the IAAF, which had tried to ban him from able-bodied competitions, claiming his artificial legs gave him an unfair advantage. Pistorius hopes to compete at both the Paralympics and Olympics in 2012. According to Oscar, `I had my legs amputated below the knee as a baby after being born without fibulas in both legs, due to a congenital condition. I was never brought up as a "disabled" person. As a kid, I grew up competing against able-bodied people in rugby and water polo. At boarding school my mates played pranks on me and liked to hide my legs. When I woke up in the morning the first thing I'd have to do was look for my legs! I liked it though ` my situation's never going to change so the best way to treat it is with humour. I began competing in Paralympic sport in 2004, although I wish I'd got involved sooner. It taught me so much more about doing your best, while able-bodied sport is just about winning at any cost. I can win now and be disappointed, or I can come fifth and be happy. It's about the performance.` His story is one that can truly inspire anyone. Having no legs would be sufficient reason to hinder most people`s athletic careers, but not his. Please click on the link below to view a clip on the man himself.

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