Amputee's Olympic advantage?
Michael Johnson blasts 'Blade Runner'
- Duration 5:08
- Date Jul 19, 2012
Michael Johnson blasts 'Blade Runner'
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Sometimes the world that needs jerks for example former Olympian Michael Johnson is technically a jerky pointed out that a guy with no legs who's in the Olympics is troubling to him.
South Africa Carolyn -- an Oscar the story -- is to be able bodied 400 meters even though he runs on two carbon fiber blades.
That when Johnson was asked if Oscars inclusion makes sense he said quote.
Because we don't know for sure whether he gets an advantage from the prosthetics.
It is unfair to be able bodied competitors.
And scientists do suggests these manmade dams can boost speed by up to 20%.
Maybe because he's lighter -- there's a spring in the step who knows to how do we miss this.
It is amazing man -- his amazing legs spread past this so fast that we didn't see it's no different did steroids.
-- the Olympic -- suffer from frozen PC syndrome stuck in their tracks that dot.
And maybe it's not fair but I'm not saying anything.
So that's why you -- -- knee jerks like Michael Johnson he takes -- heat for what others might be thinking.
But the bigger story here is what a triumph of human innovation this is the fact that were actually having this would be.
Means -- to a point where lacking limbs can't hold you back from achieving greatness the stories -- disabled he's practically super human.
And also a tribute to great things Americans make even if you know who thinks we don't do it on around.
Don't care -- this guy's pretty impressive very impressive but is this Johnson.
Even though he makes out like -- -- is he making a valid point.
I listen I it is a remarkable achievement this guy's head but the fact that.
We know these blades to enhance speed and and by every indication they do he's competed and done very well.
In this event.
I think it is giving him.
In some ways an advantage.
-- we're not quite sure of what it is yet yeah and told they can.
Show that it's it's equivalent to the human legs in terms of speed to the rest of it I think -- got right to say it.
I don't wanna be a bad guy here either but it but the fact is you start -- on this.
And -- seconds better and better ones and a.
Well that's the point AGA.
Eight in forty years or eight years you know how technology is this will surpass.
Asked the human leg and then what do you do and it's part as you pointed out it's part of a larger debate we've been having over.
If you don't have the god given ability should you be able to enhance your body whether it's steroids are.
What if it's a spelling bee or some big Brady act competition -- and put a brain chip and we're gonna make you smarter yeah that's right I got ready yet unlike you I hate it I think.
Let the guy -- don't be explosive but.
Create a separate category for people would proceed but -- -- is I mean he isn't used in the paralympics but I mean I mean but why not -- -- thing.
Well this keep an in the main Olympics but have -- win it do what it's gonna be it's actually to begin at paralympics Olympics and then super Olympics.
Where you're going to have people with incredible.
Well -- we're gonna be breaking every single record.
Right and it watching the by panic -- exactly this is -- by sonic but they do make -- You know than it Q where would we should not even use this technology might be able to compete so yes I quite sure what it would be -- job.
I -- the -- not -- I would push yourself that far Megan.
This guy is incredible.
Well it did I would ask about this -- apparently -- say like Kate we gladly trade disadvantage I have real legs.
I we get that you get that sentiment but is that it rapids -- a lots of course.
Honest I think that he should be able to run night.
Honestly at this I can't trying to get around the idea that people think that he shouldn't be allowed to you and me in the Forman you know doesn't have lakes.
He's done incredible things to get to the point where he is he should be able to compete.
-- Olympics -- -- -- you know -- that we become that's small minded overnight but it's not sit on -- -- I don't now.
Okay I ask is what if what if somebody was competing for your seat and they had like robot.
I don't know yeah.
That's have a robotic legs they got like -- yeah.
And I get rid of that person.
I thought -- go to you know but -- a quick note about my body a lot about running shoes.
Yeah so like if you are -- another competitor you might ask well can I put springs in my running issues that.
Mimic that same right three and -- -- -- and he gets using the technology.
Yet even -- nanotechnology can ratchet up.
Four years ago we had the big debate about the swimming suits right and if it out if you are wealthy enough to have one of those into swimming suits that you would actually have a little bit of an edge on that down a point.
And 20 this yeah.
County disable your body care which I do regularly abuse Saturday that -- -- -- an account at doesn't help balance open.
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