Oscar Pistorius timeline since London Olympics

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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for murder, more than three years after he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Here’s a timeline of events for Pistorius since 2012:

July 4, 2012 — South Africa lists Pistorius as the last name on their team of 125 track and field athletes for the London Olympics. Pistorius’ reaction on Twitter.

Aug. 4, 2012 — Pistorius becomes the first double leg amputee to run in the Olympics, finishing second in his 400m first-round heat to advance to the semifinals. He finished last in his semifinal the next day.

Feb. 14, 2013 — Pistorius shoots and kills girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home, later saying he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder locked inside a bathroom, in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 15, 2013 — Pistorius weeps in court as prosecutors say they will pursue a premeditated murder charge.

Feb. 19, 2013 — Pistorius says, “I tried to help her, but she died in my arms. I am mortified,” in a sworn affidavit.

Aug. 19, 2013 — Pistorius is formally indicted on charges including premeditated murder. His trial is set for March 3-20, 2014.

Feb. 14, 2014 — Pistorius posts a statement on his website on the one-year anniversary of Steenkamp’s death: “The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

March 3, 2014 — Pistorius pleads not guilty as the trial begins, broadcast live on a pop-up TV channel in South Africa.

April 7, 2014 — Pistorius takes the witness stand and begins his testimony at the trial. He would be cross-examined for five days.

May 14, 2014 — Judge Thokozile Masipa orders a trial break for Pistorius to be taken for mental tests at the request of the prosecution. The trial resumes June 30.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Closing arguments conclude, and Masipa sets Sept. 11 to begin announcing her judgment. Pistorius’ social media reaction.

Sept. 12, 2014 — Masipa finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide but not murder as she finishes announcing the verdict. Pistorius faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Oct. 21, 2014 — Pistorius is sentenced to no more than five years in prison with a possibility to serve eight to 10 months of the sentence in jail and the rest under house arrest.

June 8, 2015 — Pistorius is approved to be moved from prison to house arrest as early as Aug. 21.

Oct. 15, 2015 — Pistorius’ release date is announced — Oct. 20 — following delays.

Nov. 3, 2015 — A prosecution’s appeal is scheduled to be heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court, with a murder conviction again being sought.

Dec. 3, 2015 — A South African appeals court overturns the culpable homicide verdict and convicts Pistorius of murder.

March 3, 2016 — Pistorius’ appeal of the murder conviction is denied.

July 6, 2016 — Pistorius is sentenced to six years in prison.

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Olympic flame to travel by sea for Paris 2024, welcomed by armada

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The Olympic flame will travel from Athens to Marseille by ship in spring 2024 to begin the France portion of the torch relay that ends in Paris on July 26, 2024.

The torch relay always begins in the ancient Olympic site of Olympia, Greece, where the sun’s rays light the flame. It will be passed by torch until it reaches Athens.

It will then cross the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Belem, a three-masted ship, “reminiscent of a true Homeric epic,” according to Paris 2024. It will arrive at the Old Port of Marseille, welcomed by an armada of boats.

Marseille is a former Greek colony and the oldest city in France. It will host sailing and some soccer matches during the Paris Olympics.

The full 2024 Olympic torch relay route will be unveiled in May.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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