The Stories Of The Famous Athletes With Disabilities


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Some people have seen the pinnacle of success even when everything was not perfect for them. This imperfection did not come overnight, rather it was mostly congenital. Yes, this is about the famous athletes with disabilities whose stories will inspire the generations to come. 

Some lost their limbs while others sustained life-threatening injuries after accidents. But importantly, all of them found their ways to overcome every hurdle. As a result, today they stand among the best athletes in the world. These stories tell us how optimism in life can become the greatest weapon towards success. 

Oscar Pistorius 

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Oscar Pistorius was born on November 22, 1986, without a fibula in both legs. While he was just 11 months, he had to give up his legs. However, he ensured a successful sprinting career with a pair of prosthetic legs. Pistorius is the first amputee to win the able-bodied athletes track medal. Nicknamed Blade Runner, he is known as the fastest man with no legs.

Jessica Tatiana Long

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Jessica’s story is quite similar to that of Pistorius and that’s why she is among the famous athletes with disabilities. While she was just 10 months old, Jessica’s legs had to be amputated because she was born without many bones in her feet. Today, Long is a professional swimmer and has also been involved in other sports like basketball, ice skating and gymnastics.

Amy Palmiero-Winters

Life can be unpredictable. That’s what Amy’s life teaches us. Born on August 18, 1972, Amy lost her left leg in a fateful accident in 1994. However, this never stopped her from achieving her dreams. She holds many world records in triathlons, marathons as well as ultra-marathons. Moreover, she even received multiple awards for the top female athlete with a disability. 

Jason Lester

The first athlete to compete in the Ultraman World Championships, Jason Lester’s name is in the famous athletes with disabilities. Born in 1974, an accident paralyzed his right arm while he was twelve years old. He continued to play sports despite his disability. In 2009, he was awarded the ESPY Award for the best male athlete with a disability. Also, he authored a book named Running on Faith.

H. Boniface Prabhu

Prabhu is a pioneer in Indian sports. He was born on May 14, 1972, in Bangalore. At the young age of four, he became quadriplegic because of a wrong lumbar puncture in a clinic. In 1978, he won a medal at the World Championships. The Government of India also awarded him with a Padma Shree in 2014. He also teaches basic sign languages to many.  

Real Examples Of Life

These athletes have shown that with competitive spirit and strong desire come great achievements. In other words, it’s their strength that has put them among the famous athletes with disabilities. The only takeaway from their lives is to be passionate about oneself.

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