Oscar Pistorius is getting his own ESPN+ film: Everything to know
Oscar Pistorius garnered attention after being the first double amputee to compete in a track and field event in the 2012 Olympics. What started off as a promising career came to a shuddering halt after Pistorius went to jail for murdering his girlfriend in 2013.
Pistorius has an intriguing story that people may not know much about behind the scenes. ESPN is going to tell this story in a new 30 for 30 documentary premiering this fall. Here’s more information about the documentary.
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius will look at the rise & fall of Pistorius’s career. The show will begin with the shocking events surrounding his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who Pistorius shot and killed on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius will then chronicle his inspiring story beginning with him as a toddler when he had both his legs amputated to becoming a teenage phenomenon at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.
Pistorius, the “blade runner,” went on to break records, which would lead to him competing in the 2013 London Games. He shattered expectations and achieved goals nobody thought were possible. The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius will show how Pistorius became an inspiration to South Africa and how that status unfortunately was upended by a gun incident which leaves him in jail today.
Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius will not only feature Pistorius’s crime, but also the trial which followed after. After killing his girlfriend, Pistorius claimed that he mistook her for a home invader. He was initially convicted for manslaughter, but the South African Supreme Court replaced it with a murder conviction in 2015.
Pistorius was initially only sentenced to six years in prison, but was later sentenced to thirteen years & five months in Nov. 2017 after prosecutors found his sentencing to be too lenient for someone found guilty on a murder charge.
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius is being directed by Daniel Gordon, who has directed other documentaries for ESPN 30 for 30. The documentary will premiere this fall and all four parts will be available on ESPN+ after its premiere.