Meet Oscar Pistorius. A 20 year old man that likes to run. A 20 year old man that likes to run fast. But there is one problem. Oscar Pistorius is a double leg amputee. That means that both of his legs were amputated below the knee when he was a baby. You may be wondering how he can walk then, let alone run and have world records in the 100m, 400m, and 1000m race. The answer is, cheetahs’. Cheetahs’ are prosthetic legs, in a sense. They are like running legs, made out of carbon fibre, and very light. They are custom made to be fit for running the track fast. Pistorius has won gold medals in the ParaOlympics, the Olympics for people with disabilities, but now he is going for the big one. Oscar Pistorius is trying out for the real Olympics.
Now most of you are probably thinking, ‘So? A dude is going to run for the Olympics. Happens all the time, no big deal.’ The big deal is that the Olympic judges won’t let him compete. Crazy, eh? Well, listen up, because there are two sides to the story. The Olympic judges are saying that the Cheetah’s give him and advantage over the normal Olympic players because they are very flexible, and have springs, unlike a regular human leg. The judges say that they give him a longer stride, and since it has springs, then he will not get any shock in his legs. This allows him to sprint longer distances.
On the other hand, Oscar Pistorius and his supporters are arguing that the Cheetah’s do not give you that kind of advantage. He feels that since his legs were cut off, he does not have the kind of control over his Cheetah’s that any other human would have with biological legs. He feels that he is the ‘winning ingredient’ in the race, not his prosthetic legs.
“I train harder than any of the other guys do. I put in more hours. I eat better. I sleep better. I rest better and, overall, I am more diligent.” Oscar says in an interview with the BBC. “There has never been a disabled athlete competing in the Olympics. There’s a fear of change.”
So how do you look at this controversy? Would you want Oscar Pistorius to compete in the Olympics, or would you keep him from competing? Remember, leave lots of comments to share your opinion!
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