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The double amputee in the Olympics is nothing short of

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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:11 PM
 

amazing. But a buddy here at work brought up an interesting point... where do you draw the line with the prosthetics? At what point does that sort of thing become an advantage, and who makes the call on what is allowed?

Imagine if that guy was competing in the 400M freestyle and had flippers that he attached to his legs. Unfair advantage?


and the gates of h3ll flew wide open.***


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:23 PM
 



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I heard some experts talking about it on TV - he was ruled..


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:25 PM
 

eligible because his two artificial legs do nothing to increase his speed and that their weight isn't different enough to make a difference. And on the downside for the runner is he can't feel the track which is actually a negative for him.

The South African runner still has to move his legs the same as a normal-legged runner, etc.

They said an artificial device would be banned if it enabled the person to jump higher or be stronger, for example. They said devices like what the South African runner uses don't make him into a "bionic man" like some people fear - that said artificial devices are almost always a negative for the person.


it can and could be a huge advantage imo.


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:25 PM
 

track will have to regulate how much spring and actual prosthetic leg can have. Plus those muscles that are usually there, he doesn't have them to get tired. Yes, I know its probably difficult to run in those but once you master it, it could be a huge advantage.

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There are tradeoffs both ways - it will have do be.........


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:27 PM
 

determined on a case by case basis to be sure there's no advantage given.


once someone starts winning with those, you'll see a huge

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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:29 PM
 

outrage. Especially the first world record.

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I absolutely agree.***


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 3:04 PM
 



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He also doesn't have the muscles there to help propel him***


Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 3:45 PM
 




Actually, a couple of the athletes he has competed against

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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:29 PM
 

have already filed complaints. His prosthetics are basically big springs that weigh a lot less than a human leg. There's little to no potential of a hamstring injury, ankle injury, knee injury, etc. You can't over-train a titanium spring.


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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 2:58 PM
 

so they are complaining about a guy who is a paraplegic that is competing in the Olympic Games. I mean what do they want him to compete in the Special Olympics?


Paralympic Games

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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 3:10 PM
 

The Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event where athletes with physical disabilities compete. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games.

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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 3:13 PM
 

How about the Paralympics?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paralympic_Games


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Posted: Aug 6, 2012, 4:02 PM
 

Yes, he's awesome. It's incredible what he's accomplished. BUT, don't let your compassion override your logic. First, you said he doesn't have the muscles to propel him. No, he doesn't. He has springs to do that. Second, there is no way to determine the "correct" spring rate for them. He lost his legs when he was like 5 or something, and there is no way to determine a natural spring rate. They can only guess. So here's my question. Let's assume that these athletes are in the .01% of the gene pool, and also train their butt off to get there. You're telling me that this guy, who just happened to lose his legs and has springs on them is also in the .01%? Get the heck out of here. That's dumb. It's great he's running, but at some point you have to wonder if they help.


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