Category: Summer Olympics


Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius will compete for South Africa at this month’s World Championships in South Korea. He will be the first amputee-athlete compete at the championships ever. Pistorious had been banned from competitions, saying he had an unfair advantage over the other runners.

Pistorious, who also ran a time fast enough to qualify him for next year’s Summer Olympics in London, will compete in the 400-meter run and the 4 by 400-meter relay.

It would obviously be a great story to see him compete well. I found it a little ridiculous that he was banned from competition against able-bodied runners. I hope he makes it through the heats, and it would be great to see him get on the podium.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Former gold-medal winner Marion Jones was cut by the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. Jones, who won three gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but gave the medals back and served time in prison for lying about taking steroids.

The development isn’t a surprise, as Jones had struggled, but it is somewhat sad. With Jones trying to move on from the steroid scandal that ruined her track and field career, it could have been a somewhat feel good story to see her succeed or at least make a team.

Lukas Eggen