Alright, I’m about to piss off approximately 87% of my followers. For this I apologize in advance. Seriously, I’m sorry, but you know me. It’s been eating at me so I gotta do this. So, with deep breaths and open minds, let us proceed . . .Have you heard of Oscar Pistorius? He’s the dude in the photo there. He’s a South African runner who will be competing in the 400 meters in the olympics soon. Oh, and he runs on carbon fiber legs. To be precise, they’re Cheetah Flex-Foot Carbon Fibre Transtibial Artificial Limbs. Jeebus. His nickname? “Blade Runner.” Very cool, right? It’s a heartwarming story of courage, a story of a man overcoming his handicap to achieve an ultimate dream. Trust me, you’re going to be seeing this guy all over television this summer. Tears will flow freely and adulation will rain down. And you know what? All that will be justified. You know what else?
It’s not fair.
There. I said it. Now before you throw a hissy fit, no, I wouldn’t want to trade places with the guy, and there’s no correlation between my opinion of his unfair advantage and my admiration for his accomplishment, so stop it. Just stop it. Like I said, an open mind is required here.
Still, I’ll say it again. It’s not fair. Not to the other runners. Not sure if you noticed, but the man has springs for legs.
Nobody will complain because, well, who wants to bitch about getting beat by a guy with no legs below the knees? But don’t you think, in the privacy of their own brains, they just might be having this thought?
“What the hell? He has springy things for legs! I don’t get to have springs for legs! What’s next? They gonna let a guy with pogo sticks for legs in the high jump? A guy with a jackhammer for an arm in the shot put competition? C’mon!”
Let me just finish up here with this thought – would Oscar Pistorius be in the olympics without the Cheetah Flex-Foot Carbon Fibre Transtibial Artificial Limbs?
Would be be fast enough with his regular, normal legs?
That’s what I thought.
Let the angry comments commence.
Update: It has been pointed out to me that another advantage Pistorious has is in the area of injuries, fatigue and soreness. Thanks for the tip Brad K.