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The Olympic Rings, the symbol of the modern Ol...

The Olympic Rings, the symbol of the modern Olympic Games, inspired by Pierre de Coubertin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was inspired to create the Olympic motto by a speech that a friend of his gave that contained the Latin phrase, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means Faster, Higher, Stronger.

It is used as a term to inspire Olympians to continually do their very best and I would like to use it to inspire us all to greater heights in our own, less athletic, lives.

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English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World cha...

English: Oscar Pistorius during 2011 World championships Athletics in Daegu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the 2011 Track and Field World Championships, there was a runner from South Africa who qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metres by finishing third in his heat.

He then went on to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympics.

This doesn’t seem like such a great achievement until you learn that Oscar Pistorius had both of his legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby.

As a result, he runs with prosthetic “blades” that are attached to his legs, enabling him to run.  His training and dedication has given him the capacity to compete with the best able-bodied athletes in the world.

When I first heard about this, I couldn’t help but be inspired.

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