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Olympic History: Oscar Pistorius in Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games

Updated on September 8, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Oscar Pistorius

This is a shot from July 2007. In July 2012, this athlete qualified for the "regular" Olympics.
This is a shot from July 2007. In July 2012, this athlete qualified for the "regular" Olympics. | Source

Excitement! - Blades Run In Two Olympic Events

Oscar Pistorius, known as The Blade Runner, was named to the South African Olympic Team in Athletics for the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 1,600-meter relay and his favorite event, the 400 meters.

Already a multiple medal winner in the Paralympics, Pistorius (age 25) was born with the same condition that befell champion Paralympian, physician, and singer Ronan Tynan - no fibula in either leg, leading to the amputations.

I will be watching the Olympics to see Pistorius as well as to see my friends who are competing in Women's Wrestling (a new Olympic event) and Tae Kwon Do. Additionally, I will be watching to see Michael Phelps win even more Gold Medals and to see how fast the possible-intersex Caster Semenya can run for South Africa. It is good to know that Caster was chosen as the flag bearer for South Africa in the Opening Ceremonies on July 27.

Solar Blackouts, Paralympians qualifying for the Olympic Games. Michael Phelps to win even more Gold. Forty-five-year-old swimmers.

The headlines read like a 22nd Century play, a script ripe for an Outer Limits reboot.

The 2012 Olympics are full of excitement!

This is not to mention my friends in Nigeria that are determined to win Gold in Tae Kwon Do. In addition, Roberta Kekuna is not only the women's wrestling coach of Cameroon, but also a TKD 4th dan that has spent over a year in South Korea training further in the art.

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, fitted with carbon fibre cheetah legs by Ossur qualified for the Olympics! Paralympics Champion Dr. Ronan Tynan will be watching the career of Pistorius even more closely from 2012. Tynan, also a double amputee, won an amazing 15 medals in the Paralympics and is now one of the famous Irish Tenors. One might ask, "Who needs working legs to succeed?" Certainly not Dr. Tynan. Certainly not Steven Hawking. Certainly not Oscar Pistorius.

Before the 2012 London Games, the world was set to see how The Blade Runner's abilities compared with athletes that have all of their human limbs in their control. Game on, as never before.


Oscar Pistorius will run his first London Olympics race is in the 400 meter qualifying heats on August 2, 2012. Previously, he survived into the semifinals at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea, where he made history as the first amputee athlete at the Worlds.

The whole world is waiting to see what Oscar can do among the able bodied athletes in August. I am reminded of the Winter Olympian Eddie Green, who had no snow in the UK on which to train for skiing and so, practiced on grassy hillsides. Everyone stood up for him and cheered, even though he finished dead last in the men's downhill event. What will the crowds think of Oscar Pistorius?

Oscar will still defend his wins in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races in the London August 29 - September 9 Paralympics Games. Would he be a double hero this year?

This athlete could not survive the qualifying heats for the 400m race in 2012, but was pleased to have been able to make it into the qualifiers. These will not be his last Olympic Games.

Dana Torres

Dana Torres, oldest American swimmer to try for the Olympics n 2012.
Dana Torres, oldest American swimmer to try for the Olympics n 2012. | Source

Most Decorated Olympian:28 medals; 23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze as of 2016.

Michael Phelps, age 31 in 2016. Most decorated gold medalist of all time as of July 2012 at age 27 before the Summer 2012 Games.
Michael Phelps, age 31 in 2016. Most decorated gold medalist of all time as of July 2012 at age 27 before the Summer 2012 Games. | Source

Older Swimmers

Even older swimmers can qualify for the Olympics. Dana Torres came in 4th in her final trial swim for the 50 meters, just missing the team at age 45. Then 40-year-old Janet Evans, mother of two, missed the team as well, but perhaps should have chosen a shorter distance than the 800 meters. Family responsibility require a substantial amount of time, and without them, these women may have been able to swim faster. However, both are grateful for the support they felt at the time trials and thee ability to combine a life of family and competitive swimming.

Of age, swim champion Michael Phelps, age 27 stated, ''After you get past 25, there's no point in even counting anymore'' (Reference: ).

He is still the world record holder of the 100 meter fly (49.82"; 2009, Rome World Championships). He speaks so well on camera now, that I would not be surprised if he came off his final Gold Medal awards presentation stand and went directly to the commentators' booth.

In 2014, Phelps began training for a comeback in the 2016 Summer Olympics. How many medals can he accumulate?

Solar Disaster

Sunspot activity and solar flares are creating escalating problems in the 2010s, including the exacerbation of climatic warming on Earth. No matter what humans and their food animals contribute to warming trends by way of waste-byproduct greenhouse gases, the sun outdoes them at every turn. Nuclear incidents like those of 1980s Chernobyl and 2010s Japan likely add to the problem. Our space programs likely knock the Earth's axis around about, but the planet is due for a polar shift anyway, according to Chinese records. Poles do shift every few millennia, no matter what humans do or do not do.

These 2012 Games were to be a vortex of controversy and accomplishment. The media hawked news and rumors of a Solar Event that would black out the games. In reality, that event blacked out Ohio two weeks prior to the Games. I was there. There has never been comparable long-term heat in this state. The grass was brown, the pollen counts high. Fires broke out everywhere.

A hurricane level line of storms from south of Cleveland all the way to nearby the Ohio River advanced through the Midwest after a 100 degree day July 1. Trees came down, hail ravished the land; cars and houses were crushed, and power lines downed. Thankfully, not many people died.

Thousands of electrical workers were asked to come from surrounding states and Canada and they arrived eagerly to help. They lived in boxcar cities where generators kept them cool for the 6 hours every night that they did not work. We provided all their food and laundry services and they earned high wages. Still, busloads of workers arrived at emergency rooms every night to be treated for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They restored power to half of the powerless by July 4, three-quarters by July 5. During the tail end of Hurricane Ike in September 2008, we were without power for 5-10 days, but not this time. We will never be able to give these current electrical workers enough gratitude.

At the same time, a number of people called radio stations to complain that the "labor unions planned the blackout in order to earn double-time and triple-time wages." Radio hosts, both conservative and liberal, finally hung up on them. American Electric Power noticed that some homes significantly increased their electrical usage during the disaster in which nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power. AEP wisely cut power to these homes for two hours daily in order to have enough electricity to work on the downed lines and blown transformers without causing additional brownouts.

A company in Pickerington began renting generators and many people availed themselves of this option. Sadly, I witnessed that some owners of large houses with few occupants rented generators, but would not allow elderly people on their block in to cool off. However, another family shared their home and swimming pool with a whole block of people. The National Guard went door to door in Senior Citizen's complexes with food, water, and offers of transport people to cooling centers opened by Mayor Michael Coleman and Governor John Kasich. This action saved lives.

Message: Get to know your neighbors before the next disaster; they may leave you for dead. But if you survive, go see the next Olympics.

Solar flares caused a huge disaster in Ohio and many people suffered during the heat and drought. Fortunately, the catastrophe did not reach London Olympic Games, a few thousand miles away..

© 2012 Patty Inglish MS


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