Saturday, May 3, 2008

Daily Handicapable: Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is a record-holding sprinter from South Africa. He has one of the coolest nicknames in sports: "The Blade Runner." And he was born with no fibulae.

Yes, young Oscar has no legs, but that doesn't stop him from kicking all kinds of ass on the track. He holds three Paralympic records and has finished sixth and seventh in his two races against able-bodied competition. He has petitioned the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but officials have declared his extremely badass running blades to be an unfair advantage. Which, despite seeming a little harsh on the disabled, is probably true. Don't tell me looking over your shoulder and seeing this wouldn't break your concentration just a little.

For now, Oscar will have to make do smoking legless fools in disabled events. But something tells me the IOC will step in eventually and we'll see The Blade Runner on the medal stand in London.

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