Oscar Pistorius

Discussion in 'Olympics 2012' started by 1927, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    hear hear
  2. Dooby

    Dooby mince

    I think he's brilliant, and good on him, but get the impression that he gets all this good will coz his times mean he's not seen as a threat.
  3. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    I have no idea what that means. I'm considering contacting Hays Personnel for assistance.
  4. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    Which bit?:confused:
  5. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    The back of yer thighs and yer bum muscles have to work REALLY well and in synch with each other.

    Sort of.

    Make any more sense?
  6. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    That makes sense, but I can't fit 'recruitment' into it..?
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  7. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    When you learn a skill, your brain 'recruits' muscle groups to perform the specific activity needed. THis is then set down in a new motor pathway meaning your brain will remember that 'recruitment' pattern.

    Basically, that is......
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  8. shifting gears

    shifting gears Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's that complicated - he doesn't have the same limbs as able-bodied athletes - so he shouldn't compete alongside them IMO.

    Do not read into this some concealed anti-disabled agenda on my part as that couldn't be further from the truth - it just seems obvious to me that as his legs are so fundamentally different to the other able-bodied athletes that it is pointless to compete against them.

    Of course, in a broader sense, yes, it is a heartwarming story and a case in point for triumph in the face of adversity, but in sheer technical terms: it's not an even contest.
  9. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    If that were true then he wouldn't have made it through to the Olympics would he? He ran a comparable time, he was not meters behind so he is fit enough to compete at that level.
  10. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    I think his inclusion shoud spur the other athletes on to be as good as he is in determination, vision and dedication.
    I watched a documentary recently and the presenter made the point that if prosthetic limbs were a real, technical advantage then able bodied athletes are not barred form having double amputations in order to make use of them.
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  11. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    What a crass argument!
  12. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    Cool - thanks.
  13. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    There is a slightly unsettling undercurrent of that's where we may be heading.

    Probably not, I would think, but it is something that's occurred to me, and no doubt others as well.
  14. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I'm sure they'll eventually create a Bioniclympics or something
  15. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I'm pretty sure I've played that video game.
  16. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    his artifical limbs dont give him an advantage over able-bodied athletes, so what difference does it make?
  17. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    With Craig Charles.

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  18. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    I doubt it. Hopefully the ethos of the sport would win over and people would still focus on their race and their finest ability. I'm hopeful. I also doubt that a sport which devotes so much time and energy into driving out drug enhancements would tolerate body modifications.
    But still, high jumpers with springy feet and swimmers with gills is something to contemplate while stirring the tea.
  19. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

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