Is Tweet Comparing Olympian to Lawn Furniture Over The Line?

Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

There’s been a lot of heated discussion about a number of elements of the Olympics over the past week, from the coverage by NBC to the goofy questions by Andrea Kremer to how London is doing hosting – with this new age of instant (and often anonymous) blasts, it’s easy to bitch and moan about something with very little to no repurcussions.

But the efforts and sacrifices of Olympians has often been the ire of many who couldn’t hold a candle to those who wake up early, bleed and sweat for the chance for a few seconds of glory.

One Olympian who has been the subject of such criticism is Oscar Pistorius of South Africa.  Due to a disease when he was 11 months old, he had both legs amputated below the knees.  He has been competing in running competitions thanks to the use of  Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibialartificial limbs by Össur.

He has competed in both Para-Olympics and traditional “able-bodied” Olympic meets since the mid-2000’s.

His participation in an event on Saturday night, however, wasn’t enough to appease Kevin Kietzman, Kansas City Sports Shock Jock who took to his twitter account to protest the acceptance of an athlete with limbs that, to him, resembled his lawn furniture:

@KKWHB: Anything that compresses and pushes is much different than my body, sorry. I have deck chairs that push back on springs like that. Very easy.

Kietzman’s opinion, that the use of springs, like his deck chairs, might provide an unfair advantage, was shared, at first, and ruled ineligible by the governing body IAAF in 2007. Upon appeal however, they allowed the artificial legs in 2008 during an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

That court ruled that “there was no evidence that Pistorius had any net advantage over able-bodied athletes.”

Unfortunately, Kietzman might not have been made aware of the 2008 ruling because he again took to twitter with a clever suggestion that the Olympic runner try his hand at swimming:

@kkwhb - Sorry, prosthetics should not be allowed. Maybe he can grab some flippers and beat Phelps.

On August 4, 2012 he chose to not grab flippers and swim, but rather became the first double leg amputee ever to participate in an Olympic Games when he entered the men’s 400 m race. He advanced to the Semi-Finals round and finished 8th overall with a time of 46.44 seconds.

So, what do you think?  Were these tweets classless?  Or do they reflect the popular opinion that this guy is cheating by overcoming a handicap with deck chair legs?


  1. T.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and have the right to voice it. I also have the right to think he’s a classless jackass. I have a pretty dark sense of humor, but the things he said were not said in jest. He was sincere and for that I feel bad for him.

  2. Shannon

    Classeless! Absolutely! Who does he think he is? That is not funny in the furthest stretch of my imagination. Apparently Mr. Kietzman has a perfect life and has never had to deal with anything in his life. I wonder if her has ever heard of anything called Karma.

  3. @Easz88

    You know, I don’t want to say that this goes against your last rant… but it does.

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