As a crippled bicyclist, I was of course interested to read this story naomikritzer sent me, and I agree with her. WTF is up with these ridiculous rules?
I found this entire article enraging. First, the condescending reference to his "surprising self-confidence." Why should it be surprising that he is self-confident? He is a world class cyclist. Second, everyone rallying around him to . . . change him. Subject him to painful surgeries that interrupt his training and will never quite work, anyway. And the fucking paralympics making it impossible for him to adapt his bicycle in the way that is most comfortable for him. Them, of all organizations. HE has to "adapt" by learning how to ride with cumbersome prosthetics that put him in an odd, unfamiliar position and that add weight and confusion? He has already adapted. He has adapted really, really well. Why does he have to use all this shit he doesn't need? This is REALLY better than just changing the angle of his handlebars?
This is where the medical model of disability really hurts people. This frantic need to fix fix fix fix instead of accept and support. I know many folks with missing limbs on my boards who don't get why all of their doctors are constantly demanding that they use prosthetics when they feel fine just the way they are.
What if all of that money and attention had been used to lobby the paralympics to change that utterly illogical, ridiculous, and disablist rule instead?