Double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius carries South African flag for closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics 2012.
Oscar Pistorius was selected to carry the flag for South Africa in the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London. Pistorius competed in the 400-meter contest and was a part of the 4×400-relay team for South Africa. Though South Africa finished in 8th place, he became a household name as the first double amputee athlete to compete in the Olympic games.
Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia (congenital absence of the fibula) in both legs, later requiring a double below the knee amputation. He competed in race for this year’s Olympics on carbon-fiber blades.
Pistorius took to Twitter after being announced as the flag bearer for South Africa, exclaiming, “Really feel honoured … What a great ending to the games it’ll be!”
Pistorius will be back in London in a few weeks for the 2012 Paralympics where he will be the main attraction for many. He is the defending champion in the 100, 200, and 400-meter events, and will also be a part of the 4×100 relay team for South Africa.