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Old Jan 24, 2008, 01:55 AM   #26
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Well I think the "special" olympics is only for the mentally handicapped isn't it?
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Right, he'd be participating in the Paralympics (ParaOlympics?), which takes place in the same venues a week or two after the Olympics.
You know what I meant, I always get them mixed up. I have the view that all Olympics should happen at the same time. Separating them doesn't help bring awareness as most people forget they're even on. It brings in additional ad revenue though
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Old May 16, 2008, 08:17 PM   #27
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius won his appeal Friday and can compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the 21-year-old South African is eligible to race against able-bodied athletes, overturning a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

CAS said the unanimous ruling goes into effect immediately.

Pistorius was born without fibulas the long, thin outer bone between the knee and ankle and was 11 months old when his legs were amputated below the knee.

"I am ecstatic," Pistorius told reporters in Milan, Italy. "When I found out, I cried. It is a battle that has been going on for far too long. It's a great day for sport. I think this day is going to go down in history for the equality of disabled people."

Pistorius still must reach a qualifying time to run in the individual 400 meters at the Aug. 8-24 Beijing Games. However, he can be picked for the South African relay squad without qualifying. That relay squad has not yet qualified for the Olympics.
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Old May 16, 2008, 09:11 PM   #28
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This decision is so wrong.
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This decision is so wrong.
Why? it's not like he's a cyborg.
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Old May 16, 2008, 09:55 PM   #30
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I think this is awesome. But I am biased because I have someone in my family who has a prothesis. It might be an advantage but its great for the young kids to understand that even though you have a prothesis, you can do anything anyone else can.

On the other hand, if people are saying he has an advantage, then there should also be rules about taking allergy medicine or pain medication, even cough syrup because that also effects your performance.
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Old May 16, 2008, 11:27 PM   #31
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^^^Yes, it does sound like you're biased.

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Why? it's not like he's a cyborg.
It's still not comparing apples to apples. Having a screw placed in a leg is one thing. Having an entirely unnatural limb is another, and the competition will be seen as unfair in some manner. While nobody seems to be able to truly determine whether this person gains an advantage by having this particular prosthetic limb, the fact that it's entirely different from what everyone else has, with a different reaction to ground-impact, flex, etc, makes it too different to compare it to the other athletes.
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Old May 16, 2008, 11:44 PM   #32
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He may have an advantage. In place of where two legged runners have a calf muscle that can fatigue he has a springy prothesis which doesn't fatigue.
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And, let us not forget, lowered wind resistance.
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Old May 17, 2008, 12:44 PM   #34
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He may have an advantage. In place of where two legged runners have a calf muscle that can fatigue he has a springy prothesis which doesn't fatigue.
Well, carbon fiber can fatigue, just not in the way a muscle does. It doesn't cramp up though.
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And, let us not forget, lowered wind resistance.
I'm not so sure on that. It's basically flat in profile. Really lightweight though.
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like he said on an interview, carbon fibre is passive material, as it doesn't improve performance...

I really want to see him in the olympics. people here (south africa) are really happy for him to compete with able-bodied athletes wish him the best of luck.
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like he said on an interview, carbon fibre is passive material, as it doesn't improve performance...
If it gives, and returns back to it's original shape, then it stores kinetic energy.

Make it rigid and I will agree.

Otherwise, no.
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I think it's incredible that this man has not let his "disability" get in the way of his dreams.

But still, the extra "spring" in his step is an unfair advantage.
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how things change in just a few years
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how things change in just a few years
Ditto.
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News story: Oscar Pistorius is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend after an argument.

He was denied bail, which is a bit ironic - a man without lower legs found to be a flight risk. But I can see why they ruled that way.

Ballistics tests will be crucial to the prosecution's case, because they will supposedly show the angle of the shots he admits firing, which in turn will show whether or not he took the time to put on his prosthetic feet before the shooting, i.e., pre-meditation.
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He was denied bail, which is a bit ironic - a man without lower legs found to be a flight risk. But I can see why they ruled that way.

Ballistics tests will be crucial to the prosecution's case, because they will supposedly show the angle of the shots he admits firing, which in turn will show whether or not he took the time to put on his prosthetic feet before the shooting, i.e., pre-meditation.
Denied bail? CNN - the confused "news" network - does it again.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...ective-removed
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 11:16 AM   #42
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Interesting parallels with the Claudine Longet - Spider Sabich case. A shooting at home involving an olympic athlete. Questions about whether their relationship had soured or it was just an accident. And bungled actions by the prosecution.

Maybe the Rolling Stones will write a song about Oscar as they did for Claudine (see lyrics for longer version). And perhaps there will be a tasteless Saturday Night Live skit too.
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Interested to see how the trial ends!
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Interested to see how the trial ends!
We should know in a few weeks. The trial has now begun, with witnesses to the sounds testifying.

The prosecution claimed last year that Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs while firing. The defense claims he was not. Wouldn't ballistics evidence have settled that question already?
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We should know in a few weeks. The trial has now begun, with witnesses to the sounds testifying.

The prosecution claimed last year that Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs while firing. The defense claims he was not. Wouldn't ballistics evidence have settled that question already?
I thought I heard somewhere they determined he did not have his prosthetics, but the girlfriend had two cell phones in the bathroom with her (implying she was hiding from him).
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I might be tempted to shoot out through a bathroom door at an intruder, but into one?

Why??

They are contained.
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I might be tempted to shoot out through a bathroom door at an intruder, but into one?

Why??
I'm stumped.

And maybe so was Pistorius.

(OK, I know, bad joke in the face of a serious issue, but if you're going to feed me a straight line like that then you have to expect these things.)
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I'm stumped.
Well quipped, but I'm not stumped.

The bastard is as guilty as sin.
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