<h4>World Champ Does It Again<\/h4>\r\n<b>Only Jump Breaks Back, Wins Event<\/b>\r\n<table class="clsTableCaption" style="float: right;">\r\n<tbody>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td><img src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2007-12_06\/6-1.jpg" alt="Kevin Green needed just one attempt to win his second consecutive jet-ski ramp jump title at the IJSBA World Finals." \/><\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td>Kevin Green needed just one attempt to win his second consecutive jet-ski ramp jump title at the IJSBA World Finals.<\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<\/tbody>\r\n<\/table>\r\n<b>Kevin Green,<\/b> a bilateral amputee\r\nfrom Lebanon, Tennessee, claimed his second consecutive world title\r\nin the Wamilton's\/Alphatrade Ramp Jump at the 26th Annual\r\nInternational Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) World Finals\r\nOctober 22 at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.\r\n\r\nGreen, 36, paid a major price for his victory, exploding the L-2\r\nvertebrae on his first and only jump of the day. "It was well worth\r\nit to me," said Green, who soared 92 feet, 6 inches on his jet ski.\r\n"I'm a two-time world champion. They can't take that away from\r\nme."\r\n\r\nGreen, who spent eight hours on an operating table in Las Vegas,\r\nNevada, after the painful jump, already has his sights set on a\r\nthird title. "I'm planning on next year," he said. "The world\r\nrecord is 96 feet, but I'm shooting for 100."\r\n\r\nIt took Green a number of years to get moving again after losing\r\nhis legs in an accident in 1984, but he hasn't slowed since. "Jet\r\nskiing gave me a chance to do something again. When I got on one\r\nfor the first time, I just took off," Green said.\r\n<h4>Bilateral Amputee Becomes First to Conquer Ironman<\/h4>\r\n<b>Scott Rigsby of Atlanta, Georgia,<\/b> became the\r\nfirst bilateral amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon with\r\nprostheses at the 140.6-mile World Championships October 14 in\r\nKailua-Kona, Hawaii. Rigsby, 39, finished with a time of 16 hours,\r\n42 minutes, 46 seconds.\r\n\r\nThe feat is another athletic first for Rigsby, who also became\r\nthe first double amputee to complete an Olympic distance triathlon\r\nand a half-Ironman triathlon.\r\n\r\nRigsby lost his right leg and had his left leg badly damaged in\r\na high school auto accident.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit <a href="https:\/\/opedge.com\/3081">www.scottrigsby.com<\/a>\r\n<h4>Pistorius' Olympic Hopes at Stake<\/h4>\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2007-12_06\/6-2.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\n<b>Oscar Pistorius, the South African\r\nbilateral amputee sprinter<\/b> whose dream of competing\r\nagainst able-bodied runners at the Olympic Games has divided\r\nopinion within the sport, faced the most important challenge of his\r\ncareer on Sunday, November 11. That's when Pistorius began two days\r\nof scientific testing to discover whether his distinctive\r\nartificial legs offer him an unfair advantage, according to an\r\narticle by Simon Hart in the <i>Telegraph<\/i>.\r\n\r\nIf scientists give him the all-clear, the International\r\nAssociation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will have no choice but\r\nto allow him to compete in mainstream races, including a possible\r\nappearance in Beijing, China, next year if he achieves the 400\r\nmeters qualifying time or is selected for the relay. Pistorius has\r\nagreed to take part in a series of experiments at the German Sport\r\nUniversity in Cologne under the supervision of Peter Bruggemann,\r\nPhD, one of the world's leading experts in biomechanics.\r\n\r\nThe central issue is whether Pistorius's artificial legs are\r\neffectively technical aids that make him run faster than he would\r\nif he were an able-bodied athlete. Questions have been raised about\r\nhis stride length, the amount of bounce he receives from the\r\nblades, and the way he appears to quicken in the final stages of a\r\nrace when able-bodied athletes would normally be tiring.\r\n\r\n"The idea is to test the prosthetics in terms of how they\r\nreact," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said.\r\n<h4>Marathon Runner Wins 'Peoples Choice Heroes' Award<\/h4>\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2007-12_06\/6-3.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\n<b>Amy Palmiero-Winters<\/b>, a single\r\nmother of two, world-class marathon runner, and triathlete from\r\nHicksville, New York, has won the <i>Runners World<\/i> "2007\r\nPeoples Choice Heroes of Running" award. Since 2004, <i>Runners\r\nWorld<\/i> has presented annual awards to inspirational runners of\r\nall levels. Palmiero-Winters was also nominated for the 2006 ESPY\r\n(Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for best female\r\nathlete with a disability.\r\n\r\n"There are so many heroes in the sports world. To be included\r\nwith all of these great athletes is quite an honor,"\r\nPalmiero-Winters said.\r\n\r\nPalmiero-Winters is the current world record holder in the\r\nOlympic distance triathlon (2:25) and marathon (Chicago, Illinois,\r\n2006; 3:04.16) for female transtibial amputees.