"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Monday, 3 September 2012

oh oscar...

Oh No Oscar, not you too!!  Not another "hero" falling from grace. Yesterday we were watching the Paralympics and commenting on the courage shown by these amazing individuals the subject moved to Oscar Pistorius.  I did not agree with him being allowed to run in the Olympics and while not taking anything away from the courage and determination it must take to run as he does, it did seem to be opening a whole can of worms and setting a precedent for future disabled athletes to compete in the Olympics.  He proved to be the "hero" of the Olympics and Great Britain just loved him. We all warmed to him and it was amazing the support that he received during the Olympics from the press and public.
Now he runs in the Paralympics and loses   He ran the race .22 seconds slower than he had in his qualifying heat and perhaps he was a tad over confident for the final.  No reason to be a sore loser and have a hissy fit.  Perhaps a rush of blood to the head in the heat of the moment but unacceptable behaviour.

This is an interesting article by Dr Ross Tucker in Runner's World about the advantage of running with blades.

What about the poor athletes who cannot afford the $3000 these blades cost. To take things even a bit further, won't it be a sad day when we have an athlete with only one leg choosing to have the other leg amputated as well to enable him to compete with high tech blades in the Olympics and the Paralympics.  Money does strange things to sport.  Technology has ruined Formula One motor racing and it is all about which car you drive, not your skill as a driver. 

Then seeing as though I am on my proverbial soap box, back to the Lance Armstrong saga.   Take a look at this article I read today.  I rest my case.  Nothing more than a philandering cheat who rides a bicycle.  Sheryl Crowe also has her story to tell.  Interesting times.

You may well look grumpy!!

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