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28 Jul 2013 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Alan Oliveira runs 10.57s. Leg length or something else?

Alan Oliveira at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships (400 meters qualifications). 
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Brazil's Alan Oliveira continued his record-breaking tear, explained., smashing the 100m WR and reigniting a debate about prosthetic limbs. Here's the science of the advantage

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22 Jul 2013 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

A double amputee will soon medal in able-bodied Olympics

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Alan Oliveira is a double amputee breaking records. By big margins. He's asking the same questions Pistorius did. The answers are the same, but with increased urgency

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08 Sep 2012 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius vs Oliveira and technology. 3 quick thoughts on Round 4

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Further thoughts on the blade controversy, and why Pistorius-Oliveira illustrate what many knew would happen all along

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03 Sep 2012 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius: Counting strides (as requested) and more thoughts

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Oscar Pistorius has ironically accused a rival of having excessively long blades and strides. He's wrong, and the implications are crucial

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04 Aug 2012 Posted in London 2012/Oscar Pistorius

London 2012: Pistorius and unfair advantage

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A presentation that summarizes and explains the history of the Pistorius debate, and why carbon fiber blades give an advantage

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15 Feb 2012 Posted in Doping in Cycling/Oscar Pistorius

Doping in cycling: Science, the law, and PR, and insights on Pistorius

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I’ve finally emerged from the “bubbles” that were the trip up Kilimanjaro, which was followed almost immediately by a trip to the USA where I spent a week with the SA Sevens team for the IRB Series tournament in Las Vegas.  It was another harsh reminder that the best preparation and hardest work can sometimes […]

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29 Dec 2011 Posted in 2011/Oscar Pistorius

Science of Sport Awards: Controversy of the year, Oscar Pistorius

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Controversy is never far from sport, and therefore the science of sport. Many of the controversies in recent years have been directly related to science – think Caster Semenya in 2009, doping in sport (every year), swimsuits and performance in 2008. 2011 didn’t produce a “new” controversy, but rather reruns of the same dramas we’ve […]

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24 Nov 2011 Posted in Oscar Pistorius/Talent vs training

Sports Science 2011: Talent vs training and Oscar P

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So yesterday was Day 1 of the fantastic UKSEM conference in London. I gave a presentation on Sports Science in 2011, and that presentation is embedded in the post below. I am a terrible judge of my own presentations, so I’ll just say that mine went OK and hope that it did. I always know […]

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25 Aug 2011 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius: the “12 sec advantage” and mechanical superiority

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“We conclude that the moment in athletic history when engineered limbs outperform biological limbs has already passed” That was the concluding statement from the first of a series of back-and-forth articles that were published in the Journal of Applied Physiolgy in November 2009. It was written, remarkably, by two of the scientists who had in […]

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