- Born without fibulas; had his lower legs amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old.
- Participated in rugby, water polo, tennis and wrestling as a teen.
- Turned to competitive track in 2004; runs on carbon-fiber prosthetic blades known as "Cheetahs."
- Won two medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games and golds in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the 2008 Games.
- Ruled ineligible to compete in able-bodied IAAF-sanctioned events in 2008, but won an appeal in May of that year with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
- Ran against able-bodied runners in the 2011 World Championships, reaching the 400m semifinals and winning a silver medal with South Africa's 4x400m relay team.
- Named to South Africa's team for the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the Games' first-ever amputee track athlete.
- Owns six Thoroughbred horses and used to own two white tigers.
- Supporter of the top-flight Italian soccer club Lazio.
- In 2014, was found guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
- Sheila Pistorius — Mother
- Reeva Steenkamp — Ex-significant Other
- Carl Pistorius — Brother
- Aimee Pistorious — Sister
- Henk Pistorius — Father
- Attends University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
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