Very thorny slippery slope ahead.
"I tried prostheses for a while-some of them are very good. But nothing is as good as a motorized wheelchair. And then I got to thinking, why do motorized wheelchairs always have to be tiny pathetic things that strain to go up a little teeny ramp? So I bought this-it is an airport firetruck from Germany-and converted it into my new motorized wheelchair."
[YT:] "It's very nice."
"America is wonderful because you can get anything on a drive-through basis. Oil change, liquor, banking, car wash, funerals, anything you want-drive through. So this vehicle is much better than a tiny pathetic wheelchair. It is an extension of my body."
"Your mistake," Ng says, "is that you think that all mechanically assisted organisms - like me - are pathetic cripples. In fact, we are better than we were before."
Pistorius is a great athlete and an inspirational human being, but unless all athletes are allowed to affix springy blades to their feet this violates everything sport, and especially Olympic sport, is supposed to be about.
I hate the damage technology, pharmaceuticals, and money have done to athletics, and this is a huge step backward.
posted by rocket88 at 7:15 on July 5 [1 favorite +] [!]
"So what are you saying, rocket? That Pistorius should take the blades off and run on his stumps?"
Of course not. I'm saying the race should be as equal and fair to all competitors as is reasonably possible, and Pistorius's springy blades are an advantage not available to the other competitors. The equipment he uses is a significant enough factor that it should warrant a different class of race. Since the Olympics doesn't currently have a separate class for running on spring blades he shouldn't be eligible for the 400m.
posted by rocket88 at 9:12 on July 5 [+] [!]
There are advantages and then there are legislated advantages. Training and coaching and shoes make a difference for sure, but there are no rules disallowing other competitors from access to them.
posted by rocket88 at 11:55 on July 5 [+] [!]
That is not the case with Pistorius and his blades, which appear to give him a potential advantage that other athletes cannot replicate. I bow to the scientific expertise of the Sports Engineering department at Sheffield Hallam University, the leading researchers in the field. Dr David James, a senior lecturer there, observes that ‘the blades are made of carbon fibre and have a lower mass than muscle and bone; they are also elastic and allow the runner to “bounce” with little energy cost’.
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