Running on faith: Mormon who just missed Olympics will compete in Paralympic Games

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  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    July 26, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    In my opinion Jason Smyth would have been a sub-10 sprinter if he could see properly. With his condition he is essentially sprinting in the dark. If we put a pair of contacts on Usain Bolt that made him see like Jason Smyth, I do not know if he'd crack 10.00 even if he could practice in them for some time. Being able to see ahead improves your sprint times significantly because you can focus on an object ahead of you which allows you to push harder. If you ever tried to improve your sprint, you will know what I am talking about.

    That said - only two comments beside mine when we are talking about a guy who runs 10.22 100 meters that cannot recognize a person by sight from close range, and one of them being negative. We clearly do not have a clue when it comes to appreciating talent, hard work, and achievement.

  • Anon 808 Waianae, HI
    July 25, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    What we are trying to do with the Para O Games is get rid of the stigma of being Handicapped. So many people are told that the handicap is the end of productive life and let alone reproductive life. In reality thats far from the case but it takes effort as does being good at anything. If you have ever taken the time to see a Para O Event such as Basketball you would understand better. We have come up with some wounderful stuff to aid people in getting around and taking part in sports. Remember most Para O Handicaps are do to Accidents not Genetics, and those that are because of Birth Defects so what. None Ya Business, Watch, Listen and Learn. Many people of many different faith groups depend on their faith to inspire them and help them get through. Very little is more Diverse then a persons basic faith. Which is why in some countrys women cannot compete in most sports.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    July 25, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    In and of itself I do not see what this has to do with Religion. LDS, or otherwise. I know that if he had made the O Team he would have had a great side story and been all over TV. When we get the Pare O Games in Prime Time on Network TV then we are moving along finally. At least we have it now on Cable TV. We also need to have the Special O Games on Prime Time TV.

    There is a minor Question of weather or not being Blind is a Para O Handicap in a track and field event. Its kind of like a one legged Target Shooter.

    Above all I wish him well.