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Double amputee qualifies for Olympics, biting in soccer and hot dog competitions

Double amputee qualifies for Olympics, biting in soccer and hot dog competitions

By Josh Furlong | Posted - Jul. 5, 2012 at 12:55 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — The Olympics are less than a month away, with each participating country making their final preparations with qualifying athletes. But for one would- be athlete, the challenge to qualify for the Olympics has never come easy.

On Friday, Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee known as "Blade Runner," narrowly missed a chance to represent South Africa in the 400 meters event. Pistorius failed to qualify by only 0.22 seconds. However, on Wednesday, South Africa named Pistorius a competitor in the 400, becoming the first amputee track athlete to make the Olympics.

Pistorius, who was born without a fibula in both legs, is a multiple Paralympic champion. But the chance to compete in the Olympics has always been a dream. Following South Africa's announcement, Pistorius tweeted: "Will be in @London2012 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games!

"Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God, family and friends, my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!"

Pistorius will compete in the 400 and the 4x400 relay.

Biting in soccer

It seems like it goes without saying that you shouldn't bite someone, especially in competitive sports. I understand children believing it's okay, but grown men?

In the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between the Corinthians and Boca Juniors, Emerson, who scored twice to help the Corinthians win, decided at one point to bite the hand of defender Matias Caruzzo.

The bite is easy to see and it looks like Emerson gets a few fingers. However, he was not penalized, but quickly substituted from the game, likely to avoid a red card.

Hot dog tradition

It's a tradition every Fourth of July: grilling up some hot dogs on a sunny day, celebrating the United States' independence from Great Britain.

Another tradition less celebrated, but nonetheless important for many New Yorkers is the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. And competitive eater Joey Chestnut continues to amaze. It is amazing on so many levels, but to the average viewer, it's likely disgusting.

Chestnut, a 28-year-old from San Jose, California, devoured 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes to tie his own world record and win his sixth consecutive hot dog contest. The simple task — or so it seems for him — garnered Chestnut $10,000 after 10 minutes of feeding his face with hot dogs and water.

Will anyone ever beat him? I hear Kobayashi complaining somewhere.

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