Tuesday, January 15, 2008

No Olympics for you

I'm really not sure what to do with this story.

"South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been told he cannot compete in the Beijing Olympics because the artificial legs he uses give him an unfair advantage."

I can see both sides of the debate. On the one hand the dude has no legs. He has fewer muscles to generate energy with which to propel himself forward. How can that be an advantage?

On the other side, he's a cyborg. If he wins, then there might be a rash of sprinters cutting off their legs to be better.

5 comments:

Jason Campbell said...

Wow, wow, wow. Isn't there some nihilist poet who said to watch out for the day when the guy with no legs is forbidden the footrace because he cannot be beaten? Or the race-obsessed competitor who cuts off his own legs to run faster? This life is starting to look more and more like a Salvador Dali poster. A slice of melting clock, anyone?

KMiV said...

I think it would be funny if one day the times in the para-olympics were faster than the regular ones.

I see the IOC's point. The false legs can withstand more shock than the lower legs which produces less fatigue in the runner.

Rizzle said...

Ouch. Getting kicked out of the paraolympics. That hurts.
I love your take on things though. The funny thing is that my very first thought was to go get a knife and start sawing off my tibia.

Tammie's Thoughts said...

I don't know a lot about running but isn't it discriminating against the handicapped guy to not let him participate?

rich jandt said...

As a cyborg, I see no real reason to disclude the man. I say if non-enhanced humans can not keep up with us, they should be excluded. Resistance is futile.