Double Amputee Aimee Mullins' Prosthetic Limbs Make Her Sexier and Faster Than You
As I lumber around my crappy life with the meat bricks attached to my ankles I refer to as feet, I look to the sky and scream "Isn't there a better way!" Well it turns out that perhaps there is! Aimee Mullins is a prime example of how regular-footed humans are just absolutely boring in every way.
Aimee was born without fibulae in both legs, and as a result was assured she would be in a wheel chair for the rest of her life. To increase her mobility, doctors amputated both legs below the knee before the age of one. By age two, Aimee had learned how to walk using prosthetic legs and now, can beat most people in a foot race. She then went on to be a part of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, fashioned with woven carbon-fiber prostheses, aerodynamically designed after the hind legs of a cheetah. Aimee set several World Records including the 100 meter, 200 meter and the long jump. The unique design of her "artificial" legs, coupled with her fierce determination and beauty generated a lot of attention, and Amy has parlayed this natural interest into a career of sorts beyond sports. To make matters even more pathetic for us able-bodied, Amy has devoted her life to philanthropic causes.
Here comes the science of Amy's feats.
Can a person with steaks under their ankles be faster if said legs were amputated and replaced with a carbon fibre frame? Scientists are divided into two camps. Some say that the amputated limbs can give a 400m sprinter upwards of 12 seconds of advantage over an athlete with meat clubs attached to their knees. Others say that it provides no advantage whatsoever.
In the case of Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee track runner, his fate has been flip flopping back and forth as scientists in whiny voices argue over which Star Trek captain was better and whether or not the prosthesis' allows Oscar an advantage. Oscar was banned by the IAFF ( International Association of Athletics Federations) from competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, in 2009 an MIT study revealed that they believed there was no advantage from the limbs and the ban was lifted just in time to give Oscar Pistorius the considerably large proverbial shaft.Continued on the next page