The American Blade Runner Blake Leeper
America’s number one blade runner and Olympic Hopeful Blake Leeper. Blake is training now to run in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.He was born with both legs missing below the knee and has worn prosthetics since nine months of age. He studies medicine at the University of Tennessee. The same person who engineered the running blades for Oscar Pistorius is making new running blades for Leeper, who calls them “the game changers”. Leeper has been featured in numerous sports ads, including Nike and a yet to be disclosed ad for Wheaties. Leeper, who has been competing at the international level for only a few years, says Oscar Pistorius, his chief rival and mentor, is like a big brother, the two spending hours talking on the track and having lunch together. At the London Paralympics, Pistorius won gold in the 400 meters and Leeper finished second.