7.05.2012

Man With No Feet Qualifies For Olympics


South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has made the Olympic team and will compete in London in the 400 meters. Qualifying run is here.

Since I'm a big fan of fairness, I'd like to state my let's-all-hug-and-come-together opinion as follows: This ain't right. Yeah, it's a heart warming story, he's overcome great hardship, blah blah blah, but those blades are like something a character in The Avengers might wear. How much does that improve his stride by? It's like launching yourself with each step.

Next thing you know they'll allow him to attach giant springs to the bottom of his legs and let him compete in the high jump.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

agree

Anonymous said...

Right on, Barry. If I am not mistaken, someone with a similar setup was not allowed to participate in the Worlds or the last Olympics because it gave them a clear advantage. It is the Casey Martin Golf Cart issue all over again.

Anonymous said...

I don't think there is an argument until someone with these blades break a world record. Until then, there is no evidence that the blades give the wearer "extra" human abilities. Until then, let them compete.

Anonymous said...

11:10: Amen. I think its Crazy that anyone would think a person with NO Feet can have an "advantage" of any kind over a person with 2 working feet? Not huggy feely answer/question. Just a fact.....

Anonymous said...

Socialism @ the Olympics?

Anonymous said...

Agreed.
Also, I understand that he didn't quite qualify. The decision to give him a spot on the team wasn't based on his performance in the event. Someone else who did qualify gets to stay home, denied the privilege to compete, and will instead watch the Olympics on TV. He has his own unique issues to deal with due to the amputations, of course, but for examples of his advantages, he won't roll an ankle, or be bothered by a cramp in his calf.
But Barry, why do you say no to him, but yes to making me an indentured servant to those who choose not to provide for themselves? He has a legitimate physical disability, the only disability way too many people in America have is in their attitude. I'm all for providing a safety net for those who can't. There is zero effort being made to eliminate those who just won't, and in fact, the rules keep adding more of 'em. Nothing is expected of the folks I'm talking about. If this guy were in America, he would qualify for full disability, wouldn't have to hit a lick his entire life, but he can compete at this level in track!

Triple Fake... said...

There's gotta be a joke somewhere in this story about how it takes a mechanical advantage for a white African guy to make the team as a runner, but I'm not gonna look for it, so...


If they start allowing fake body parts in the Olympics, what's the cut-off point (no pun intended)? Suppose he was all fitted up Six Million Dollar Man-style? Would he still be eligible with only 40% original equipment? Would one of those new-fangled bionic arms give you an advantage throwing the shot or hammer?

Triple Fake Oscar Goldman

Consilium ac prudentia said...

BG, seems we finally agree on something. I know I will be called lots of hateful things for saying this but he should be qualifying for the Paralympics and not the Olympics, right?

Anonymous said...

11:16 and 11:10

Your argument is crazy. Chuck Yeager does not have wings but he can beat a bird in a coast to coast flying race every day.

The fact is that life is not always fair. Not everyone gets to play. Not everyone is a winner.

Anonymous said...

Before you know it, all Olympic hopefuls will be whacking their legs off to get that advantage. Better nip this in the bud. Nip it, nip it , nip it.

DF Barney Fife

Anonymous said...

i miss andy .!

Anonymous said...

yeah, you are right. Just like when the supremes said walking wasn't part of professional golf.

Anonymous said...

Yes, agreed on all your stated points. We were just talking about this last night. ...It's def an unfair advantage; one comment I heard was "his blades were akin to roller skates and he will launch down the track for sure."

I also understand he did qualify for both Para-Olympics and the Olympics? Is that right?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if his favorite movie is "Blade Runner".(?)

Anonymous said...

11:10 and 11:16- if two men are racing while riding on bikes. The race is five miles long. One man is a world-class athlete and he is riding an expensive bicycle.
The other is riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle but he has no feet. Is that fair?
The other question is "where do we stop?"
The blades only work on amputees who still possess the knee and some bone of the tibia/fibula.

These "feet" don't don't work for those who have lost leg above the knee.

What about those who only run with one prosthetic leg? Who has the advantage there?

Anonymous said...

At least he has a spring in his step.

Anonymous said...

11:16 He ain't running on nubs. He's got him some japped up thingys on so he has working feet regardless of the material.

The question is does that japped up thingy give him an advantage due to the aerodynamics.

Anonymous said...

@1:33 good analogy.

Apples are to Oranges AS... said...

1:33 are you seriously trying to make a comparison between a person running on their natural legs vs. a person running on artificial legs by using the example of a race between a bicycle and a motorcycle? Really? You do realize the motorcycle has an engine, right?

Please go back to analogy training school.

Anonymous said...

Is 11:16 retarded?

DF P.W. Botha said...

Dip-lo-ma-tic im-mu-ni-ty.

Anonymous said...

1:33 Since the rider of the HD has no feet one must assume that the HD has been equipped with the go power all situated in the handle bars.

The bicycle rider would definitely be disadvantaged.

Anonymous said...

Are those covered by Obamacare?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if "Flash" is his favorite super hero.(?)

Anonymous said...

Life's been way to easy on you old Green hasn't it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the movie "Blades of Glory" inspired him.(?)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if he is sponsored by "The House of Blades".(?)

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the Alan Jackson song "Livin on Nub" which I like to sing a lot.

DF Buckwheat

Baylor Too said...

I agree, BG.

B. Neater said...

Some of these comments remind me of Zorro: the Gay Blade.

Anonymous said...

2:44,
To understand, your intelligence quotient must be above 65.
Sorry to resort to the "retard" card but I don't know how else to explain it to you.

Anonymous said...

2:44=retard

Anonymous said...

"What about those who only run with one prosthetic leg? Who has the advantage there?"


Saw-bones wouldn't have taken my one leg if'n I'd been awake. Gangreen or not, he ain't gettin my othern.

DF Capt Augustus McCrae

...and 2:44- you're dumbern Jake Spoon.

Anonymous said...

It's poor little tink-tink!!!!

Explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qlNEmpxQxI

VERY SERIOUS LANGUAGE WARNING!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is 11:10 - I believe that the day that someone without legs, using a a non-powered prosthesis, powered only by the muscles of their own body, can break a world running record, then that athlete should be recognized at that point for the success that they are. That will be an amazing accomplishment. It would be unfortunate that the world wouldn't recognize that as such.

A very unique set of factors would all have meet to form exactly the right person that 1) has lost both legs and 2) is a world Olympic class athlete.

Anonymous said...

I was right in the middle of makin sweet love to my next door neighbors ole lady and her ole man came home early.I didn't even have time to put my pants on so I had to escape on a pogo stick.

He couldn't catch me and he had two good legs.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Obviously you people have no idea of the kind of balance, concentration and pain tolerance these people have to have in order to even learn to walk in these things, much less run..and run well!

Anonymous said...

I have feet with no feeling and i can tell you if you can't tell where your toe or spring is always pointed you can get into some real breakdancing situations.I would bet there are som film of him busting his ass really bad.I don't think som almost winning runner is going to have his feet removed.Remember falling down don't count if you keep getting up!

Anonymous said...

1:33 here,
The problem is that if you make an exception for any mechanical modification you will not have a standard, why can't this gentleman use stilts that are 15 feet long?

He will be across the line in four steps.

Those stilts aren't just powered by leg muscles. They have spring to them, the angle pushes him forward, and adds length to the stride. It's an unfair advantage that will never be allowed.....and for good reason.

Why not let those in a motorized carriage compete?

We have an answer. It's called "para-Olympics".

Anonymous said...

I loved the pogo stick story cause the same thing happened to me, only I didn't have a pogo stick, or a neighbor, and well, you can see how that turned out.

Anonymous said...

YouTube 'poor lil tink tink'. Funny stuff!

Anonymous said...

9:58 I'm pretty sure that if this guy is even attempting to participate in an event at the Olympics he's well trained on how to operate the L's on his nubbins.

DUH