Can amputees win Olympic gold?

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George Eyser, a German-born athlete, competed in the 1904 Olympics with a prosthetic leg and won six medals in one day. Other amputees who competed in the Olympics include Olivér Halassy, Natalie du Toit, and Oscar Pistorius.

American gymnast George Eyser was the first to compete in the Olympics wearing a prosthetic leg. In his youth, the German-born athlete lost his leg in an accident involving a train. Eyser competed in the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, Missouri wearing a peg left leg. He won six medals in one day of competition (October 29, 1904), including gold medals in the long jump, parallel bars and rope climbing. Eyser also won two silver medals and one bronze medal.

Other amputees at the Olympics:

Olivér Halassy competed with the Hungarian water polo team at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympic Games, winning one silver and two gold medals respectively. Halassy had lost his left foot in a childhood accident.
More recently, South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, who lost her left leg below the knee at age 17, competed in the 10km marathon swim at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius ran the 400m and 4 x 400m relay at the London 2012 Olympics on carbon fiber prosthetics.

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