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    Double Amputee in Olympics

    Pretty awesome if you ask me. Link is of his first race.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDMji7ByzSo]Oscar Pistorius 2012 Olympics men's 400 - YouTube[/ame]



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    not fair - the guy is a cyborg


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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    No lactic acid! Disqualified! :jimlad:



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    I don't know if someone has posted this already, but I always think of this whenever I see him race. I'm rooting for him, let's go Pistorius!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qlNEmpxQxI]KATT WILLIAMS - "Poor Little Tink Tink" - YouTube[/ame]



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    I don't like this either. Opens up a whole can of worms about what is allowed and what isn't. We have the paralympics for a reason.



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    That guy is pretty well put together. No pun intended.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    Why don't they put flippers on him too? Then he could have an unfair advantage in swimming also.


    Last edited by Colossus; 08-05-2012 at 04:06 PM.

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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    What happens 8 years when 4 or 5 of the guys are running and they win every race? Would it be ok if I put some kind of device on my calf that made me run faster? Everyone seems to be fine with these types of things until they actually start winning.

    On the other hand I have no problem with the guy in archery that just uses his feet.



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    Re:Double Amputee in Olympics

    Yeah because now the trend is going to be to cut off your legs so you can use a springy prosthesis. Give me a break. The guy ran fast enough to qualify. Also, there is large discrepancy between his times and others with prosthetics so he is obviously talented. Let him be.



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCyJM View Post
    Yeah because now the trend is going to be to cut off your legs so you can use a springy prosthesis. Give me a break. The guy ran fast enough to qualify. Also, there is large discrepancy between his times and others with prosthetics so he is obviously talented. Let him be.
    No, but if you allow this, what about other prosthetics that go on top of existing feet\legs in the future?

    Obviously its still a huge achievement for him, but at some point you want to be measuring just how one human stacks up against another, not one human and their hardware.



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better ... stronger ... faster."



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    No, but if you allow this, what about other prosthetics that go on top of existing feet\legs in the future?

    Obviously its still a huge achievement for him, but at some point you want to be measuring just how one human stacks up against another, not one human and their hardware.
    Agreed. It just sets a bad precedent.



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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCyJM View Post
    Yeah because now the trend is going to be to cut off your legs so you can use a springy prosthesis. Give me a break. The guy ran fast enough to qualify. Also, there is large discrepancy between his times and others with prosthetics so he is obviously talented. Let him be.
    This is the right answer. The Olympics isn't being taken over by athletes with prosthetic devices.

    [QUOTE=alarson;2986510]No, but if you allow this, what about other prosthetics that go on top of existing feet\legs in the future?

    Obviously its still a huge achievement for him, but at some point you want to be measuring just how one human stacks up against another, not one human and their hardware.[/QUOTE]

    Like a motorcycle? I'm pretty sure the IOC has thought about this.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Double Amputee in Olympics

    They've submitted reams of evidence proving that there isn't an unfair advantage. It is a slippery slope though.



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    Re:Double Amputee in Olympics

    This is obviously an isolated thing. These carbon-fiber SpringLegs have been around for a while and he's the first guy in the olympics. The disadvantages are almost as numerous as the advantage. As an example, he has huge trouble getting out of the blocks because he has no ankles.



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