The story of track star Oscar Pistorius won over the world this past summer during the London Olympic Games. South African Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia in both his legs leading to a double amputation before he was even one-year old. Equipped with running blades, Pistorius managed to overcome adversity and not only win the gold at the last three Paralympics, but compete in last summer’s Olympic games. And up until now the only criticism Pistorius has faced came from those who believed his prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage. But that seems to pale in comparison to today’s shocking news.
That story took a dark turn this morning in Pretoria, South Africa, when police found the body of Pistorius’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and charged the 26-year old athlete with murder. USA Today reports that Steenkamp was shot in the arm and leg. Reports that Pistorius mistook his girlfriend for an intruder while she was surprising him for Valentine’s Day (spawning from a tweet she left the day before reading ‘What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow??? #getexcited #ValentinesDay’) have not been confirmed by police. The South African Olympic Committee won’t release an official statement but in the meantime this terribly ironic photo from Pistorius’s website has already been removed. Pistorius now joins our rogues gallery for criminal Olympic athletes.