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efahlgren49
05-21-2008, 11:53 AM
Benno,

I think that it would actually be very difficult. This is due to the fact that sports competitions are typically performed under a strict set of rules about what equipment is allowable for a specific event, and it is hard to produce better times, heights or distances while remaining within the rules (ask the guys at Nike who design competition shoes for a living). As a former bicycle road racer and bike builder, I have the skills to build a two-wheeled vehicle that would allow me to easily eclipse many world records for bicycle time trials, but the international governing body would rule that my contraption is not a bicycle and hence my times would be disallowed (I might call my faired recumbent a "bicycle" but in the UCI's eyes it is not).

Likewise, for track competition I'm sure that I could design and build devices that would allow you to "run" a 3 minute mile (heck, one easy solution is to bolt a bicycle to your feet!), but again they would be well outside the rules concerning energy recovery devices and probably many others prescribed by the IAAF.

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-----Original Message-----
From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver [mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Benno Nigg
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 8:37 AM
To: BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL
Subject: [BIOMCH-L] Oscar Pistorius allowed to compete in regular Olympic Games after all

I would like to challenge the biomechanics community to develop prostheses
that will produce world records in many track and field disciplines. It
should not be too difficult,

Benno M. Nigg
University of Calgary
Faculty of Kinesiology
Human Performance Laboratory
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
Direct: 403-220-3436
Fax: 403-284-3553
Email: nigg @ucalgary.ca



-----Original Message-----

From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver [
mailto:BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf
Of Richard Hinrichs

Sent: Friday, May 16, 2008 10:24 AM

To: BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL

Subject: [BIOMCH-L] Oscar Pistorius allowed to compete in regular Olympic
Games after all

On this forum we have discussed the pros and cons of double amputee Oscar
Pistorius and whether he would have an advantage in the Olympics.

Well he has won his appeal and will now be allowed to compete in 2008
Olympics after all. Here is the link:


http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/trackandfield/news/story?id=3398915

Regards,

--Rick

Richard N. Hinrichs, Ph.D.

Dept. of Kinesiology

Arizona State University

P.O. Box 870404

Tempe, AZ 85287-0404

(1) 480-965-1624 (office)

(1) 480-965-8108 (fax)

hinrichs@asu.edu (email)

www.public.asu.edu/~hinrichs
(web)

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