Post Olympics, Pistorius led a king-sized life
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Since captivating the world and capturing gold in the 400m (Paralympic) gold at London, Oscar Pistorius' life seemed like an extended victory lap. More than 230,000 Twitter followers have been given a glimpse into a life of fast cars and luxury holidays even as the 'Blade Runner' made only a scattering of references to the girlfriend he is now accused of killing.
Only six months ago, Oscar Pistorius was participating at the Olympics, a shining example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity as he competed despite losing both of his legs when he was a baby. He didn't win a medal, but reveled in in his Olympic moment. On Tuesday, still basking in the glow, Pistorius tweeted a photo from London of himself with eventual 400m gold medalist Kirani James, who asked for Pistorius' bib as a souvenir. Two days after that tweet, Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, shot inside his home in South Africa. The attention was very different from the sort Pistorius has become accustomed to.
Quoting a tweet from Reeva Steenkamp on December 6 ("Wondering what my stalker is up to? Kinda miss him lurking around 2nyt"), Pistorius replies: "Heard he is taking a water break with the boys!;)" Steenkamp gushed over Pistorius on Twitter, seeming to relish going out with one of South Africa's biggest stars. By contrast, there was little outpouring of affection from Pistorius, although there was no indication their relationship had soured.
While his carefully honed public image as the poster boy for Paralympic sport was a little tarnished by his outbursts when he accused his rival, who had won the 100m and 200m sprint, of using blades that were longer than what were allowed, Pistorius has spent the time since then, on Twitter in particular, displaying the softer side that fans and the general public like.
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