As with many of you, I’ve only recently heard of Oscar Pistorius and his inspiring story overcoming all the odds to compete against able-bodied athletes in the 2012 London Olympics (and he actually won a team medal at the 2011 World Championships).
While looking up his story online, I came across this wonderful and emotional photo of him running with a young blonde girl with miniature versions of his Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Össur. It’s just a beautiful moment of humanity and love between people.
It was such a cool moment, I looked up her story, which you can discover in the video above (it’s a bit cheesy, but it’s the best I could find on YouTube!). Her name is Ellie May Challis, and she’s a strong-willed and beautiful 5-year-old girl with all her limbs amputated that now has a memory I only pray she never forgets.
Reason number 982734 I love the Olympics: You get to see and hear stories from athletes across the world you never would cross paths with outside of the Olympics, and they’re shared through photography and video.