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mbrownNY
There's only one party... and we're not invited!
02:01 PM on 08/04/2012
It all depends on what the data show. If the prosthetics show an advantage, then of course they should not be allowed. However, if no such advantage exists, then there is no reason why athletes with these prosthetics cannot compete in the "regular" games. Although, I imagine it must be very difficult to determine if there is an advantage. It is not like you can randomly assign runners to different conditions (that would require amputating the people in the experimental group).
CorpTreason
Fascism... it's what's for breakfast
02:39 PM on 08/04/2012
I'm sure his ankles never get tired and his feet never get sore.
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Killermolls44
The night is dark and full of terrors.
08:54 PM on 08/04/2012
And his legs don't? His upper legs? With prosthetics digging into his stumps I'm pretty sure that's anything but comfortable.
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HopeMom
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02:01 PM on 08/04/2012
let the guy run
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LynnTTT
01:58 PM on 08/04/2012
This should not be allowed. It is not fair to other competitors. Future advances may allow even lighter and swifter prosthetic devices. I assume this one has little or no friction or drag, The runner doesn't have to deal with a breakdown of feet or hamstrings. It needs to be stopped now. Perhaps in the future the prosthetics will move of their own accord.
02:35 PM on 08/04/2012
He still has hamstrings..... Perhaps he is at a disadvantage because he can't feel the ground to make balance adjustments, making him much more prone to falling. He also has the exact same cleats on his blades as the full bodied runners
03:33 PM on 08/04/2012
Calculators for math majors, penile pumps for male porn stars, air filled breast implants for water polo players, lie detectors for poker players and first dates, see through specs ordered from comic books, oxygen masks for runners, throat numbing sprays for gay guys; where will it end? (disclosure, I'm a gay guy with a sense of humor)
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Johnangry
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01:55 PM on 08/04/2012
If other athletes have a problem with this, then they can also have their legs amputated and where the same prosthetic.
03:20 PM on 08/04/2012
I hope that's not the smartest statement you've ever made. Your argument implying that Mr.Pistorius had his lower legs removed for the sole purpose of entering races with prosthetics.
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Johnangry
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08:36 AM on 08/05/2012
NO NO NO. I was saying that if the others have a problem, they too can go through the same horror of losing body parts. I completely believe he has a right to be there.
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muadibe
We should all evolve.
01:53 PM on 08/04/2012
I totally admire this guy for what he has accomplished.

Having said that, I think whether he has an advantage or not is not the main point. The fact remains, he is using equipment different from the other athletes. It's just not a fair comparison, whether he benefits or not. Once you open the gate to this sort of skewed competition, things can get out of control. How many different types of assistive devices might we see in the future, and who will be testing them all to decide how close they are to human legs and feet, or even arms?
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commentary42
01:51 PM on 08/04/2012
This is a very difficult issue. One the one hand I am thrilled to see him come up to the level of racing in the regular Olympics. However, I believe that the Olympics need to take a very firm stand against artificial augmentation of any kind. This is why they have become so strict about drug testing. I believe the alternate Olympic venue is the appropriate place for technology enhanced humans to perform. There is no question that at some point very soon technology enhanced humans will be able to out perform natural athletes. The Olympic committee needs to be thinking ahead, not just about this year's games.
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demilieu
Texas liberal...with reservations
02:13 PM on 08/04/2012
it's difficult only from an emotional standpoint.
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02:20 PM on 08/04/2012
Other people should be allowed to use running stilts. They are basically the same thing but for people with all their limbs. A person in decent shape can run up to 30mph. Seems fair to me.
01:50 PM on 08/04/2012
Another cultural institution under dismantlement by bleeding heart policy decisions. As the world is overrun by political decisions that make the professional class "feel good" about themselves, merit-based challenges will diminish as will merit-based achievements. Its similar to the death-spiral white professional women are engaged in with their abortion selections - enough of them choosing career over children and their won't be white professional women being born at all.
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KEBLAAB
No armor is so resistant as ignorance & bias.
01:50 PM on 08/04/2012
The overwhelming amount of posts on this article are opposing the liberal "politically correct" position that HP champions and reasonably claiming it is not fair for Pistorius to compete. I'd look for the editors to remove this article very soon.
CorpTreason
Fascism... it's what's for breakfast
02:49 PM on 08/04/2012
Strawman arguments do not contribute to the conversation. The article is clearly balanced and impartial, and the video also presents both sides of the discussion. So where are you finding the HP's position on the topic in either direction? And the idea they would remove the article because the majority of comments support a decision different from the imaginary one you have them taking is just laughably absurd.
01:46 PM on 08/04/2012
if a drug gives an athlete an unfair advantage, it is banned.
01:45 PM on 08/04/2012
I think people are missing the point. I am marathon runner and muscles cramp. The fact that he lack those muscles, it could be considered an advantage, because his blades won't suffer the strain that his muscles would. However, I have never run with prosthetics, so I also have no idea of the difficulty of running with them. I think the debate is legitimate because there is also the Paralympics. On the other hand he knows what is like to be in both situations with and without legs. I think it is an interesting topic.
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02:23 PM on 08/04/2012
Running/jumping stilts do the same thing and they are a blast. A person in decent shape can run up to 30mph.
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Killermolls44
The night is dark and full of terrors.
08:55 PM on 08/04/2012
You do realize that then puts pressure on his upper legs that he still has?
10:47 PM on 08/04/2012
Of course I do not realize that, I have never worn a prosthetic. I was very clear when I wrote "I also have no idea of the difficulty." I wrote the debate was legitimate and that both sides of the debate have good points.
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BobSF94117
01:45 PM on 08/04/2012
If these prosthetics are fair, then obviously it would be OK for any athlete to use them, regardless of whether he/she had had leg injuries or not.
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01:44 PM on 08/04/2012
It's Pistoric by any measure.
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WalterNeff
Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?
01:43 PM on 08/04/2012
His prosthetic devices were not designed so that who could lead an average life. They were not built to make it easier for him to move about with ease. They were not engineered so that he could better compete in archery, sailing, gymnastics, swimming, show jumping or even track events like the steeplechase, pole vault, high jump or the 10,000m. They were specifically designed to reach optimum times in the 400m. This is a sport where if you have 12 spikes on your shoes instead of 11 you're disqualified. There are athletes in every discipline and sport that go to extreme lengths to gain an advantage (think of cycling for one)—many of these are unhealthy in the extreme. Is there an athlete in the world who can run 47.0 in the 400m now but be willing to lose the lower portion of his legs as to be fitted with these prosthetic devices with the promise of a 42.0, millions of dollars, a supermodel girlfriend and the front of a Wheaties box? You tell me.
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dennishastings
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01:41 PM on 08/04/2012
I'm kind of one the fence about this one. The above article has a quote, "...there is a subdivision of the Olympics games for people with disabilities." That's probably the most fair statement about all of this. As well, he can never suffer certain injuries which equalize the contestants, primarily the dreaded achilles tendon injuries which have kept runners, as well as skiers and gymnasts, from competing.

But you also have to give it to the guy for training and competing at all. We'll just have to watch the competition and reserve judgement until later!!
01:40 PM on 08/04/2012
This is cheating. Should we allow someone in a wheel chair to compete in a marathon in a motorized turbo wheel chair?
02:04 PM on 08/04/2012
The only motor for this guy is his legs dummy.
02:41 PM on 08/04/2012
They aren't real legs more on.