Oscar Pistorius: 'Blade Runner' Olympian's life in pictures

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Side by side

Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. See gallery

Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, pose for a picture in Johannesburg, Feb. 7. Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on Thursday with fatally shooting Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria, South Africa.

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En route to court

Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday en route to appear in court. 

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A modeling career

Undated portfolio photo of Steenkamp supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg. The model, who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in Pistorius' home in the South African capital of Pretoria, police said. 

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Young Oscar

Undated photo of Pistorius.
 

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The Olympian's home

This aerial image taken from video provided by VNS24/7 shows the home of Pistorius in a gated housing complex in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Portrait of Blade Runner

Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner," on Aug. 18, 2011, in Pretoria.

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Police investigation

A police vehicle enters Pistorius' housing estate on Thursday.

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Paralympic champion

Pistorius poses with his gold medal after winning the men's 400-meter T44 category final on Sept. 8 at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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Reeva Steenkamp

Steenkamp during a photo shoot, in an undated portfolio photo supplied by Ice Model Management in Johannesburg.

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Blade Runner

Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400-meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympics, Sept. 8 in London.

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Dreams of an athlete

Pistorius on March 17, 2007 in South Africa.