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August 20, 2012
The purpose of the Olympics is to measure the highest level of athletic performance in a competition. Olympic athletes compete with a well-trained system of muscles, tendons and bones free of any chemical or hormonal enhancements. Oscar Pistorius's blades, however, are clearly a different kind of system. It is foolish to think we can measure and compare the performance of this type of mechanical system side by side with a biological system any more than we can compare men and women in the same event.
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August 20, 2012

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Aaron Troodler, Teaneck, N.J.

If we are to blame Arab countries for not allowing their athletes to compete against Israelis, we should also blame the IOC for giving in to their ridiculous demands. Instead of being assigned to European divisions, the Israeli teams should be placed in Asian divisions. I bet the risk of disqualification would end any protest the Arab countries may have.

Adam Herbst, River Edge, N.J.

False Start

At first it may have seemed that the world had caught up to Team USA (U.S. Against the World), but the final medal count from the pool proved it was just a glimmer. The U.S. tallied 31 medals in the Aquatics Centre, nearly triple the amount of runner-up Japan.

Travis Mewhirter, Hampstead, Md.



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