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  • jellyhead 31 Aug 2012 11:11:44 24,350 posts
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    I reckon he could still kick my ass though! Bet he's hard as nails.

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  • mrpon 31 Aug 2012 11:18:38 29,184 posts
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    jellyhead wrote:
    I reckon he could still kick my ass though! Bet he's hard as nails.
    Like to see him try.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Deckard1 31 Aug 2012 11:23:04 28,704 posts
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    He looks like he bites a mean ankle.
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  • FWB 1 Sep 2012 10:11:23 44,838 posts
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    It's a joke that our female cyclist who won gold was able to compete in these ParaOlympics. Tried for the real ones, just wasn't good enough so then decided to join these ones. Piss-take.

    Didn't see the outburst from this Cundy bloke. Was it his own fault?
  • Gl3n Moderator 1 Sep 2012 10:15:11 5,691 posts
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    Was at the stadium last night, fucking amazing.

    Velodrome tomorrow!
  • JuanKerr 2 Sep 2012 10:05:25 36,311 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    It's a joke that our female cyclist who won gold was able to compete in these ParaOlympics. Tried for the real ones, just wasn't good enough so then decided to join these ones. Piss-take.
    Don't really see how it's a 'piss-take' - she is actually disabled you know.
  • THFourteen 2 Sep 2012 10:06:25 33,821 posts
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    @FWB Do you also think Oscar Pistorius shouldn't be allowed in the Paralympics?
  • RobTheBuilder 2 Sep 2012 10:43:34 6,521 posts
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    @FWB That's a stupid way of looking at it.

    It's brilliant that a Paralympic athlete, who probably has less financial support and obviously is carrying a physical disability can get close to matching able bodied athletes.

    I think it was a cerebal palsy athlete who ran 100m in 10.6 seconds yesterday. I mean bloody hell, that is incredible.

    As Adam Hills said, if he'd have seen Oscar Pistorius when he was a kid that would have inspired him to do more sport.

    The support these Paralympics have had makes me feel genuinely proud of our country.
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  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 12:42:14 44,838 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    FWB wrote:
    It's a joke that our female cyclist who won gold was able to compete in these ParaOlympics. Tried for the real ones, just wasn't good enough so then decided to join these ones. Piss-take.
    Don't really see how it's a 'piss-take' - she is actually disabled you know.
    Because she entered both. You chose one and stick to it. Furthermore, not quite sure how not having a hand really hinders you in the cycling sprint. People talk about not discriminating against the disabled, but all this does it draw more of a line between them and the able-bodied. If they feel capable of competing with able-bodied, then that is where they belong.

    @FWB Do you also think Oscar Pistorius shouldn't be allowed in the Paralympics?
    Same as above. He should have chosen one or the other. He ran in the normal Olympics, he shouldn't be allowed in the Paralympics, or vice versa.

    Edited by FWB at 12:49:46 02-09-2012
  • Lukus 2 Sep 2012 13:18:20 19,248 posts
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    I swear if I didn't know better, some of these events could easily have been thought up just for the sadistic delight of some power mad dictator.

    Hey, why don't we put two blind people in a ring, let them fight to the death. Wait, no, give them guns.... How about we put them on bikes! Or, or, we could get a bunch of people who struggle to control their muscles properly and see how fast they can run!... Hold on, I've got it!- No arms, no legs? Chuck them in the pool! See what happens Wahahahaha!

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  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 13:19:57 44,838 posts
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    The founder was German.
  • Syrette 2 Sep 2012 13:23:17 43,752 posts
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    The standard of some of these people is astounding. Almost or equaling the standard of their able-bodied counterparts.

    Very impressed and I don't mean that in a patronising tone at all. In fact I know someone who won a gold model for GB today.

  • SandMulls 2 Sep 2012 13:30:51 6 posts
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    Lukus wrote:
    The Paralympics is pretty shit. No one actually cares about it, but many feel obliged to pretend they do. I'm certain 99% of disabled people couldn't give a fuck about it either.
    I don't think they're doing it for you bro. They're doing it for themselves and trying to prove that they can still do something extraordinary despite their disabilities. You might say what's extraordinary about a high-jump or javelin throw because you or many of your friends might just be doing it everyday? Well, you might want to try it out with one leg tied behind your back to simulate an amputee and then perhaps you'd understand! Peace!
  • Syrette 2 Sep 2012 13:33:49 43,752 posts
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    @SandMulls

    Ignore Lukus, he's on the wind-up.

  • localnotail 2 Sep 2012 22:25:10 23,093 posts
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    Oscar Pistoffius.

    Wheelchair 5000m is odd. Lots of slipstreaming.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 22:28:42 44,838 posts
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    Taller people have taller strides. Guess people should complain about that in the regular Olympics too.
  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 22:32:48 44,838 posts
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    Nice one, Weir.

    Kate looks like a BA stewardess.

    Edited by FWB at 22:33:38 02-09-2012
  • localnotail 2 Sep 2012 22:33:49 23,093 posts
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    He has an interesting point - people gaining an advantage by getting longer prosthetics is a bit iffy.

    Great win by David Weir there, fierce battle.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • localnotail 2 Sep 2012 22:34:54 23,093 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    Kate looks like a BA stewardess.
    :D OH just said the same thing.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • heyyo 2 Sep 2012 22:35:08 14,372 posts
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    Paralympics, not bad at all.



    And we (TeamGB) absolutely rock at cycling here too!

    Edited by heyyo at 22:36:29 02-09-2012
  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 22:35:51 44,838 posts
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    Except if he is a taller person, why can't he have prosthetics to reflect that?

    Going 38/40kph in the wheelchairs? Shit, I can't even do that on a bike unless I'm in a massive gear going downhill.
  • localnotail 2 Sep 2012 22:39:00 23,093 posts
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    I thought his point was that people who started competing with prosthetics that matched their natural height have suddenly become taller, and faster.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 22:42:20 44,838 posts
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    TBH I haven't followed it much, so can't comment further, but if the argument is just that the prosthetics are bigger, full stop, then it is a poor argument.

    I assume the officials have that area covered.
  • DaM 2 Sep 2012 22:46:28 13,329 posts
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    Right, the tandem riders in the blind cycling. The sighted rider provides power as well. Why don't we just get Chris H and Victoria P (or any of our other top cyclists) to partner them? How do you rate a pilot's performance/contribution?
  • FWB 2 Sep 2012 22:47:48 44,838 posts
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    Looks to me like that have to be slightly chubby. But yeah, valid point. Just get someone from the regular Olympics in, given that you can enter both competitions.
  • nickthegun 2 Sep 2012 22:49:23 60,436 posts
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    The prosthetics are ratified and monitored closely. I remember seeing an interview with Oscar saying that the company that makes his blades has outdated the tech and efficiency of the ones he competes in several times over but because they have been approved, they are the ones he has to run on.

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  • nickthegun 2 Sep 2012 22:50:00 60,436 posts
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    That was for the proper Olympics. The Paralympics may be different.

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  • heyyo 2 Sep 2012 22:50:44 14,372 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Why don't we just get Chris H and Victoria P (or any of our other top cyclists) to partner them? How do you rate a pilot's performance/contribution?
    They're too busy.
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