False Idol

Publisher:
PRX, Religion of Sports

False Idol

4.5/5

Critic Rating

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, was once considered the greatest Paralympian of all time. Running on carbon-fiber legs, he racked up gold medals, broke world records, and became known simply as The Blade Runner. He inspired millions of people around the world, and was celebrated as a hero in his home country. In 2012, he made history as the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympic Games. Then, just six months later, he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. False Idol re-examines Pistorius’ rise and fall, telling the story through the eyes of the people whose liv...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4.5

Neroli Price • Bello Collective Dec 8, 2021

"To South African ears, American host Tim Rohan’s pronunciation of local terms can be jarring at times, but the story he and his team tell is vital to understanding the way sport is intertwined with national identity."

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