July 6, 2012 |
There is no artificial enhancer that can give a man without legs the will to run in the Olympics. Oscar Pistorius's prosthetic calves are hardly his greatest advantage. You can't manufacture his brand of emotional gasoline, or build aspiration out of carbon fiber, or put it in his blood with EPO, either. The substance he runs on is called the athletic heart, and there is no external way of acquiring it, and it's why our fretting over so-called "enhancement" is misguided. The curl-tipped carbon blades on which Pistorius ...
July 25, 2012 |
At first he was barred from competing in able-bodied events, such as the Olympics . Then South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius struggled to make the qualifying time for the Summer Games. But Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his carbon fiber prosthetic legs , finally earned his place in London this summer, making him the first amputee to compete in track and field at an Olympics. Pistorius has no chance to win the gold, but some say he's already...
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON — Before another scientific journal, retired sprinter Michael Johnson's ego or track's stopwatch police ruin one of the great stories of these Olympic Games, let's crystallize the emotions of Olympic Stadium on Saturday, about 10:45 a.m., when a man with no legs below his knees began blazing around the track. The crowd of 80,000 roared because they felt happy for Oscar Pistorius , not sorry for him. They rose from their seats in awe, not uncomfortable...
June 10, 2011 |
Jeremy Wariner was the best 400-meter runner in the world before 2008 , a virtually unbeatable champion from the United States. Oscar Pistorius was an inspirational speedster known as the Blade Runner, a South African with two prosthetic legs and Olympic hopes. The summer of 2008, however, offered crushing disappointment for both. Wariner missed the Olympic gold in Beijing , ending a four-year victory streak in major championships and setting off a slide that continued to the...
February 16, 2013 |
He is 74 now, almost 50 summers from when he stunned the Tokyo Olympics by rocketing past the greatest 10,000-meter runners in the world in the final 100 meters for the gold medal — a performance ranked by Runner's World magazine as the second-greatest Olympic moment. "You still look fast," President Obama quipped to a smiling Billy Mills when they met Friday morning. I went to the White House partly to see Mills receive the nation's second-highest civilian honor —...
February 22, 2013
The allegation that Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkam, should have been the important part of The Post's Feb. 15 front-page article " A star Paralympian's sudden descent ," but unfortunately the story quickly turned into an analysis of sports culture. It was offensive that an athlete accused of murder would be likened to sports figures such as Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. Woods and Armstrong made mistakes, but putting them in the same category as an alleged killer is ridiculous.