Unfair Disability Advantage?

There’s a bit of controversy over one of this year’s 400 meter Olympic runners.  Oscar Pistorius of South Africa is competing on artificial legs.  Some have questioned whether his legs make him faster than non-disabled athletes, although the scientific evidence is a bit mixed.

For a bit on the story, see this Star Tribune opinion piece.

It’s a bit ironic since normally we face the issue of being seen as less able than non-disabled peers.  In this case, he’s seen as more able.  There are lots of other interesting questions here too, such as, what differences are “unfair” in the Olympics?  After all, Olympic athletes are unusual, and have unusual differences that let them compete at an amazing level far beyond the abilities of most of the rest of us.

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