Oscar Pistorius biography: 13 things about amputee born in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius is a South Africa double-amputee who used to be a professional sprinter. He is the 10th person to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games.

Born in Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa to Henke Pistorius and Sheila Pistorius, Oscar has an older brother named Carl Pistorius and a younger sister named Aimee Pistorius. In 1994, Transvaal became Johannesburg.


Without prosthesis, Oscar is 5’2″ tall. As an athlete, he competed in T44 events although he is classified in T43 as a double below-knee amputee.

Oscar was 3 years younger than Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp, a model and a paralegal. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In October 1987, both of his feet were amputated because he was born missing the outside of both feet and both fibulae.
  2. On March 6, 2002, his mother passed away.
  3. In June 2003, he suffered a serious rugby knee injury.
  4. In January 2004, he was introduced to running while undergoing rehabilitation at the High Performance Centre of the University of Pretoria. He won gold in 200m and bronze in 100m at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
  5. In 2006, he entered the University of Pretoria to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management with sports science.
  6. He won gold in 100m, 200m and 400m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.
  7. He won gold in 400m and in 4x100m relay and silver in 200m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England, United Kingdom. On August 4, 2012, he became the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics. Representing South Africa, he competed in 400m and finished in the semi-finals. In November 2012, he and Steenkamp started dating.
  8. On February 14, 2013, he fatally shot Steenkamp in his house in Silverwoods Country Estate, Pretoria, Gauteng and claimed he had mistaken her for an intruder hiding in the bathroom.
  9. On September 12, 2014, he was found not guilty of murder but guilty of culpable homicide and reckless endangerment, which was related to discharging a firearm in a restaurant. On October 21, 2014, he was sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide and he received a concurrent three-year suspended sentence for reckless endangerment. 
  10. On October 19, 2015, he was temporarily released on house arrest.
  11. On July 6, 2016, Judge Thokozile Masipa extended his sentence to six years.
  12. On November 24, 2017, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled his sentence be increased to 15 years, less time already served. On December 19, 2017, he appealed the sentence but the appeal was dismissed on April 8, 2018.
  13. He was 36 years old when he was denied parole on March 31, 2023.

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