UI professor’s research helps amputee sprinter achieve Olympic dream

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by Chris Nguyen & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 6:41 PM

Oscar Pistorious is a world class sprinter and he's about to become the first ever amputee to compete in an Olympic track event.
           
It took Oscar a lot to get there, including the analysis of University of Idaho professor Craig McGowen.

Four years ago, Pistorious was banned from competition by the International Association of Athletics Federation. Officials claimed that his prosthetics gave him an unfair edge over the competition. Not so, says McGowen.
 
McGowen came to that conclusion after being recruited to serve on a research team, brought together to conduct additional tests on the South African athlete. After days of research and analyzing data, the would-be Olympian was told there was no clear evidence to suggest he has an advantage.
 
Pistorious presented these findings to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Officials sided with the athlete, allowing him to return to competition.
 
McGowen hopes to apply this research to other affected groups like the military.
 

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