At the London Olympics, one of the fastest runners in the world won’t have legs.
25-year-old runner [Oscar Pistorius] is inspiring millions around the globe by shattering the notion of what it means to be able-bodied. And his unlikely journey to the Summer Games is stoking a debate over technology and fairness in sport, one bound to become only more heated as artificial limbs become more advanced.
Born without a fibula — a bone between the knee and the ankle — in both legs, Pistorius was 11 months old when doctors amputated each leg halfway between the knee and ankle. Now, he can run the 400-meter dash in 45.07 seconds on a pair of Cheetahs, a carbon-fiber prosthesis. In the 2008 Summer Paralympics, Pistorius won gold medals in the 400-meter, 200-meter and 100-meter races.
So now we are entering entire teams to the Hall of Fame? I don’t get it. Hey, devote an entire wing to the Olympic teams, but it doesn’t quite make sense to me to have them as part of the same induction as individual players.