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Olympic-caliber manufacturing

Oscar Pistorius represented the South African Track and Field Team at the 2012 Olympics. He amazed crowds by doing it as a double amputee with the aid of carbon fiber “blades” created by manufacturing company Össur. Pistorius had his own legs amputated below the knee at age 11 due to a congenital defect.

That he could compete in an Olympic event with his disability is astounding. In addition to the spirit and sheer willpower of Pistorius, his prosthetic legs were on show as he anchored the South African 4×400 relay team. The team did not medal in the event, but Pistorius’ participation in the 2012 Olympics was historic nonetheless. (However, he did just win gold in the 2012 Paralympics.)

Össur employs 16,000 people in 14 locations around the world. Pistorius has personally visited their U.S. headquarters in Southern California. While in California this summer, prior to the Olympics, he met with a group of students and alumni from the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Orthotic & Prosthetic Program. The school is currently starting their first masters program.

From their website: “[Ösur’s] core areas of expertise are silicone, carbon composites, mechatronics and textiles. In the last decade, Össur’s accumulated skills and knowledge have produced cutting edge bionic technology, arguably the most significant advance to date in the international orthopaedic arena.”

When one pursues a career in manufacturing they might not realize that the opportunities are nearly limitless. If you can dream it, you can do it. Össur’s manufactured prosthetic devices have allowed many disabled athletes to pursue their dreams and changed their possibilities from limited to limitless.

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