The Bionic Man Competeth
Posted by Ryan on May 16, 2008
Oscar Pistorius, a man who needed part of his legs amputated as a young child, has been cleared by the IAAF to compete in the Beijing Olympics. This point is controversial because some believe that his prosthetic limbs could indicate an unfair advantage against non-bionic opponents, and the “Paralympics” is an existing competitive body for those like Pistorius.
I’ll be honest: I’d love to see this guy compete out of curiosity. Prosthetic technology has innovated leaps and bounds (no pun intended) over the last decade. What if Oscar defeats his opponents by a wide margin? Will fairness be an issue? Will some crazy competitive psycho lop his own legs off to gain a competitive advantage, if an advantage is shown to exist, for the 2012 games? Um… probably not, but Oscar will get the chance to shine (or at least compete) in Beijing.
I’m rooting for him!
Daily Mail UK photo.