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Oscar Pistorius: An Athlete And His Controversy Over Murder

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Oscar Pistorius is a well known for being an athlete and is a professional runner. When he was born, Oscar had both of his legs amputated and used prosthetics from a very early age. This didn’t stop him though. Despite having to use prosthetic legs, he made it through his early years, went on to become an athlete and was known all around the world, and set world records. Everything was going great for him, until he was accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day. He claims that it was self defense and that he thought she was an intruder, but there are many people who just don’t believe this to be true. Did Oscar Pistorius murder his girlfriend, or was it an ...view middle of the document...

His career soon took off and Oscar became famous before he knew it. He had nicknames such as Blade Runner, the fastest man on no legs, and “Oz” Pistorius. Pistorius set record after record and never stopped trying. He kept going and going and “became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal” (“Oscar Pistorius”). Pistorius also became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. He won gold medals for both the men’s 400 metre race and the 4 x 400 metres relay, as well as set world records for both events.
February 14th, 2013, Oscar Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The man who is known as Blade Runner, the man who inspired millions of people, the man who showed the world that anything is possible if you set your mind to it is now the man capable of murder. Reports say that Pistorius shot four times through a locked bathroom door, killing Reeva Steenkamp. He claims that he thought she was an intruder and was using self defense, but after being accused of such a horrific thing and being charged with murder, Oscar’s credibility isn’t going to hold up all too well. Before the murder of his girlfriend, Oscar was someone people should have been able to trust and look up to, but now his credibility has dropped and it may never be the same as it was before. Oscar Pistorius went on trial for murder on March 3rd, 2014 and is still currently on trial.
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