Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, then you must know the name – Oscar Pistorius.
Oscar Pistorius, also known as the blade runner, is a South African athlete who enjoyed a massive amount of success and popularity at his peak.
He was awarded the ‘Order of The Baobab’ – a South African honor – by the president of South Africa for his outstanding contributions to sports and athletics.
When Oscar was only eleven months old, both his legs were amputated below his knee.
However, this proved no hindrance to the athlete whose motto is: You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.
Oscar Pistorius went on to compete at the Paralympic Games, Olympic Games and the IAAF.
At the World championship in Athletics in 2011, Oscar became the first ever amputee to win a non disabled world track medal.
He also set precedent at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he became the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics.
Oscar has been heralded worldwide for the hurdles he overcame to become a world renowned athlete.
Even from a young age, he always had a passion for sports – favoring rugby, wrestling, water polo and tennis.
Unfortunately, the headlines surrounding Oscar Pistorius drastically changed in February 2013 when he fatally shot his girlfriend – Reeva Steenkamp.
The fanfare surrounding the trial, appeal, retrial and Pistorius’ attempted suicide has definitely been one for the books.
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius was born on the 22nd of November 1986 to Henke and Sheila Pistorius in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Although Oscar is a white South African, he is also of Italian heritage from his mother’s great grandfather.
He has an older brother – Carl, and a younger sister – Aimee.
Pistorius was raised in a Christian home, and he has repeatedly stated that his mother was a positive influence on him.
Unfortunately, his mother – Sheila – died when he was only fifteen. She was forty three at the time of her death.
Oscar Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia in both legs – a condition characterized by the congenital absence of the fibula.
His legs were amputated when he was only eleven months old.
Oscar attended Constantia Kloof Primary School.
He went on to attend Pretoria Boys High School where he played rugby for the school’s team.
From the age of eleven to thirteen, he also learnt to play tennis and water polo.
He later took up wrestling at Jannie Brook’s garage gym where the owner was greatly impressed with his capabilities.
Unfortunately, in 2003, Oscar sustained a rather serious knee injury from rugby. However, it was during rehabilitation that he was introduced to running.
He never looked back after that.
His signature running blades are the Flex Foot Cheetah – a pair of J-shaped carbon fibre prosthetics manufactured by Ossur.
Many have complained about Oscar Pistorius participating in non-disabled sports, stating that his prosthetics give him an unfair advantage over athletes with natural feet and ankles.
Oscar joined the University of Pretoria in 2006 for a Bachelor of Trade and Commerce and in Business Management with Sports Science.
Oscar Pistorius was in a relationship with Reeva Steenkamp from November 2012.
Reeva was a South Africa model, actress, socialite and TV personality.
Their relationship was short-lived, however; it met an abrupt end when Oscar shot Reeva in his Pretoria home on the 14th of February 2013.
Oscar admitted to shooting Steenkamp but alleges that he mistook her for an intruder.
Reeva was locked in his bathroom at the time of her death.
The case and the subsequent attracted massive international coverage as a result of Oscar’s international name recognition.
He was arrested on the 15th of February 2013 and his trial began on the 3rd of March, 2014.
On the 12th of September, 2014 – Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty or murder but guilty of culpable homicide and reckless endangerment.
He was sentenced to five years in prison on the 21st of October 2014.
The case was presided over by Judge Thokozile Masipa.
In December 2015, his culpable homicide verdict was overturned and he was found guilty of murder. On July 2016, he was sentenced to six years in prison for murder.
August 2016, Oscar Pistorius attempted suicide in prison.