Disabled Olympic runner says his mother didn’t give him special treatment


Oscar Pistorius says he didn’t think of his amputated legs as a disability when he was a boy. (ALESSANDRO GAROFALO/REUTERS)
August 1, 2012

So, kids, does your mom tell you to get up, get dressed and brush your teeth, and that she doesn’t want to hear any complaining?

Before you say you have the toughest mom in the world, think about what South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius says about his mom.

Pistorius had to have part of both legs amputated (removed) when he was just a baby. But he says the way his mom raised him and his brother has helped him become an Olympic athlete.

“My mother said to us in the morning: ‘Carl’ — this is my brother — ‘you put on your shoes, and Oscar, you put on your prosthetic legs, and that is the last I want to hear about it.’ I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes.”

The sprinter will be the first double-amputee athlete to compete at any Olympics when he runs in the 400 meters in London, England, on Saturday.

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