Should Oscar Pistorius be allowed to compete in the Olympics

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  1. krz

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    check under Oscars Knee. McKayla is there by the photagrapher.

    Not Impressed
     
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    Too hard to see!

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  4. ninman

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    Yeah, the other thing is that the sample size is too small to know how good you can be "running" like that. How many people in the world are double-amputees? Out of all of those people, how many want to be 400m runners? Maybe Pistorius isn't particularly good at it, and one day someone will come along who can run on those things much faster than him.
     
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    Human legs are so marvelous ! With nerves and feedback that help us maintain our balance. I sprained my ankle (quite bad) and realized how much ankles help in maintaining balance. Oscar, unfortunately, does not have this advantage. I see his story as one that can inspire people to achieve goals which might seem impossible.

    Let him run!
     
  6. r2473

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    what does this word mean?
     
  7. Bobby Jr

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    Also, imagine as a 400m runner, never having to worry about foot, Achilles tendon, calf or knee/ACL injuries in your career.

    Even this alone is an advantage which would benefit him massively over the course of a career.
     
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    Related or pertaining to the media (the mass media). That's how I use it anyway.
     
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    I think 'mediatic' is derived from the French word and isn't yet in common usage in English.
     
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    (not trying to be a smartass....well, kinda..)
     
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    Does it give him a leg up in the races, though?

    Hope it will not turn out to be his Achilles heel. In any case, no one can ever bring him down to his knees.
     
  12. ninman

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    I think the real question is, will this open the door and we're going to start having hundreds of other disabled people wanting to participate in the Olympics?
     
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    They already do... lol...
     
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    They probably will have to do more than wanting, they have to qualify.
     
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    I struggle with this one. Wired Magazine did a story about the blades.

    http://www.wired.com/playbook/2012/08/next-gen-prosthetics-and-sports/


    From an engineering perspective one can see where the carbon fiber could give an advantage beyond the capabilities of the leg muscles/joints/bones they are replacing. But there are numerous negatives too. Glad I didn't have to make the decision.
     
  16. ninman

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    It's not even about that, it's about the fact that what he's doing isn't really running. Running on two legs, and running on blades uses totally different muscles, different techniques and different skills. So he doesn't belong in the same race as a two-legged runner.
     
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    This is kind of funny. Pistorius loses to another runner on blades and accuses him of gaining an unfair advantage because of his blades.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=8333089
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    But the era of Paralympic invincibility for the so-called "Blade Runner" appeared to end when his bid for a third straight gold in the 200 meters was thwarted Sunday night by another double amputee on carbon fiber prosthesis.

    Victory seemed certain for Pistorius when he reached the bend on the London track, but Alan Oliveira of Brazil came storming down the home straight on his blades to overtake the defending champion.

    Rather than hailing his rival, Pistorius accused the 20-year-old Brazilian of gaining an unfair edge by using lengthened blades. That's despite spending years himself convincing authorities that he should be allowed to compete in the Olympics -- a feat he achieved last month -- because his prosthesis did not influence his athletic capabilities.

    Having called on the world to focus on the abilities of athletes rather than their disabilities before the London Games, Pistorius has shifted the spotlight back onto the advantage technology might provide.
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    Anyway, shocking news.
     
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    Only way he competes in the 2016 Rio Olympics is to spring him from jail.
     
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    He would have passed every background check, but he was still a completely unstable and irresponsible person to own guns.
     
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    Thats a little OT although it does reinforce the mental health argument.
     
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    I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the whole shooting incident. Sad story for all involved. RIP Reeva (that's her name right!)
     
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    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-15-00-pistorious-surrounded-by-guns
    Pistorius appears to have a history of paranoia and a penchant for guns. Last year, he tweeted: "Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry! waa [sic]".

    During a profile on the sportsman, who competed against able-bodied athletes at last year's London Olympics, the British Daily Mail reported of a baseball and cricket bat behind Pistorious's bedroom door and a "revolver at his bedside. A machine gun by his window".
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    Reminds me a bit of music producer Phil Spector, who had a long standing habit of pointing guns at people (often while drunk out of his mind) to force them to do what he wanted. He did it in recording studios too. People thought it was kind of cute. Then one day he shoved a gun into a woman's mouth when she refused his sexual advances, and blew her brains out. I am not against owning guns, but some people should have them taken away from them.
     
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    Banned steroids found in his house, so time for a little medal-stripping as well?
     
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    what do you think of the case now with the lead investigator discredited?

    this is similar to the discrediting the armstrong's teammates
     
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