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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 accident?
Oscar Pistorius was born November 22nd, 1986. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but his hometown is Pretoria, South Africa. His full name is Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius. When Oscar was born, he didn’t have a fibula in either of his legs. According to the article, the fibula is “the long, slender bone running along the outside of the leg from below the knee joint and down to the ankle” (“ABOUT OSCAR PISTORIUS”). Sheila and Henk Pistorius (mother and father) made the difficult decision to have both of Oscar’s legs amputated below the knee, giving Oscar a Bi-lateral below both of his knees. Six months after the amputation, he was given his first set of prosthetic legs and within a couple of days, Oscar understood them forwards and backwards. He wasn’t going to let having prosthetic legs keep him down and stop him from achieving his goals.
Growing up, Oscar was raised in a very active family. He became involved in many types of activities, such as water polo and rugby. These were two of his favorite sports to participate in. In June o...


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...he question people need to ask themselves now is if he will be known as Blade Runner, or Girlfriend Gunner.


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"ABOUT OSCAR PISTORIUS." Oscar Pistorius. Oscarpistorius.com, 19 Oct. 2010. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.
"Posts Tagged ‘Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius Kills Girlfriend’." Ghanacelebritiescom RSS. Ghanacelebrities.com, 19 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Mar. 2014.
Legge, James. "Oscar Pistorius Trial: Where Is He Now? One Year on from Valentine's Day Tragedy." The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 14 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.
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