Oscar Pistorius: 'Adrenaline Freak'
Michael Sokolove recalls a fearful man
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2013 9:41 AM CST
In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, file photo, Oscar Pistorius poses with a Paralympic gold medal.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

(Newser) – Following Oscar Pistorius' murder charge, a journalist who profiled him last year for the New York Times reflects on the runner. "He was far nicer" and had "better manners" than many American athletes, Michael Sokolove writes for the Times. But he was still a source of "worry" for Sokolove: "Oscar was an adrenaline freak at a level I had never seen before," he explains. The athlete drove at 140mph even after having been injured in a speedboat crash; he had "dangerous" exotic pets.

Still, while Pistorius seemed "reckless," Sokolove "didn’t see anger in him. I did see fear." During their interview, Pistorius explained that his alarm system had gone off the night before, prompting him to get his gun and head downstairs (turns out there was no intruder). After hearing that Sokolove hadn't fired a gun, Pistorius brought him to a firing range—where he said he went when "I can't sleep"—and taught him how to shoot. "Maybe you should do this more," he told the writer. "If you practiced, I think you could be pretty deadly." Click through for the full piece, or see the latest theories in the case.

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UrKillenMe
Feb 17, 2013 10:16 PM CST
I blame steroids. Too many professional or aspiring athlete have these stories. The common link they are all probably doping. So sad.
bigeyedfish
Feb 15, 2013 11:36 AM CST
i think hes claiming the shooting was self defense.... but im not sure if his case has 2 legs to stand on
HMunster
Feb 15, 2013 10:18 AM CST
I'll bet that Pistorius could kick himself now... : (