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zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 11:24 AM

DOUBLE AMPUTEE BANNED FROM OLYMPICS

Thought some of you might be interested in this article.

"The IAAF ruled Monday that double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is ineligible to compete in the Beijing Olympics because his prosthetic racing legs give him a clear competitive advantage."

The full article is at: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=3195550 .


papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 3:42 PM

He can sue, but he doesn't ________.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 3:47 PM

good grief Ron, now i have to clean the blue gatorade off my screen!

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 6:42 PM

Didn't he want the Special Olympics?? Nike can't do any endorsing. What if he raced and really got hurt?(ON TV ??). This is similar to that pro golfer who wanted a cart.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 6:50 PM

(smaug leaves to get penile implant)

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 6:52 PM

Again??? Pretty soon that thing is going to look like Michael Jackson's nose.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 6:57 PM

But that keeps getting smaller.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 6:59 PM

Yep, with removable prosthetic pieces.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 9:40 PM

When I was a kid, I had an Erector set. I don't think they make them anymore.

winddancer41
Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Fri, 18th Jan '08 10:32 PM

A a parent with a disabled child who is now an adult unless you have been through this I don't think people realize how many barriers these people have to overcome in a "normal" everyday world. I can tell you that my daughter bowled with the youth bowlers when she was younger and the other kids accepted her and had no problems. But when we tried to start her in the adult leagues Wibc said that because she bowled off a ramp it wasn't legal. So i hired an lawyer and we sued them. Had to get the civil rights people involved but we won the case and she was able to bowl, and we got the rules changed so that any disabled person could bowl. They also said the ramp gave her an advantage. But some of the pro bowlers tried to use a ramp and did not look like any kind of pro.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 8:02 AM

Winddancer41, I think this is a different situation. I've seen the prostheses this amputee runner uses, and they're great. If a non-amputee got them fitted onto his feet they would give him a clear advantage over someone without enhancements. But, nevertheless, my little joke was made in full awareness of the amazing way some people overcome the differences that are termed "disabilities" with great courage, and with the help of loving friends and family, and in spite of the frequent ignorant attitudes of boneheads. Hope your daughter is still bowling, if only to show the "real" bowlers what it's all about.



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