The Bionic Sprinter


I’ve blogged before about the case of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter who was going to be barred from competing in the Olympics on the theory that his high-end prostheses give him an unfair advantage. Now it looks like he’s getting the green light. I, for one, welcome our new prosthetically enhanced overlords.

If there comes a time in the future when sprinting is completely dominated by double-amputees using prosthetic legs/feet, I think this is clearly a decision that’s going to have to be revisited. But that doesn’t strike me as an especially likely outcome, and the Olympics will certainly benefit from the addition of an interesting plotline.