It’s Not That I’m Rooting Against Him …

Over at ESPN the reporters are gushy about Oscar Pistorius, the sprinter with artificial legs. ESPN asks (rhetorically, I will add), “Who can’t be rooting for Pistorius in the quarter finals?”

Well, me for one.

Pistorius races with a huge disadvantage (no natural legs) and a huge advantage (the highly unnatural spring in his blades) which makes his feats incomparable to any other sprinter. He’s unique.

This is not the MIT-sponsored “scientific creativity Olympics.” I wish Oscar Pistorius all the best in his life, but the Olympics is no place to pit metallurgical engineering against pure athletic prowess.


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