Here's The Double-Amputee Olympic Sprinter That Is Raising Questions About Who Should Be Allowed To Compete

Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed “Blade Runner,” has been added to the South African Olympic team and will compete in both the 400 meters and the 4x400m relay (via NYTimes.com). This is significant because Pistorius had both of his legs amputated below the knees when he was a child after he was born without fibulas.

Pistorius was originally cleared to compete in the Olympics when a 2008 court ruling overturned a previous ban that said the athlete had an unfair advantage. However, Pistorius failed to qualify for the South African team and it appeared that his Olympic dream might be over.

Pistorius is not a threat to win a medal, but his appearance will raise questions. It would just be better if those questions centre more on the types of technology that should be allowed (a legit question) and less on which people can compete (a dumb question).

Here’s Pistorius running in a semi-final heat at the 2011 IAAF World Championships…

 

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