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Oscar Pistorius’s inspirational story turns tragic

Whether or not he is convicted of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, Oscar Pistorius likely will be remembered more for his causing her death than for his breakthrough as a disabled athlete participating in the Olympics.

The “Blade Runner,” who ran on carbon-fiber prostheses after being born without fibulas, was the feel-good story of the London Games. Not only did Pistorius race in the 400 meters, a particularly competitive event, he beat a Russian, a Jamaican, and a Ukrainian to reach the semifinals and was tapped to run a leg on the South African relay.

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