From Triumph To Tragedy: Three Olympians Who Turned On Their Biggest Supporters

Countries usually look to their athletes with pride, but many forget that Olympians can have dark secrets just like anyone else. CrimeFeed is taking a look into the not-so-celebrated aspects of these world-renowned athletes’s lives — their motives for murder, specifically of the people they claimed to love and care for.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Oscar Pistorius (South Africa)

Before his conviction, Oscar Pistorius was known for being the first athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic games, as both of his legs were amputated below the knee at a very young age. Many argued that his prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage in the games, but this controversy was quickly overshadowed when he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day, 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his home, but his story did not go over well with the jury. He was originally sentenced to five years in prison for culpable homicide, but in 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal convicted him of murder, and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Yvonne de Ligne 1932 Image via Wikimedia Commons

Yvonne de Ligne, 1932 (Wikimedia Commons)

Yvonne de Ligne (Belgium)

Yvonne de Ligne was a talented figure skater, and her love for being on the ice led to her finding her husband, speed skater Charles de Ligne. Though both were successful athletes, their marriage was on thin ice. In the end, Charles wasn’t enough for Yvonne — she had an affair with a fellow figure skater. After Charles discovered his wife’s infidelity, Yvonne plotted to have him killed. Though the plan was elaborate and even involved pitting different countries against each other (including the use of a German weapon), authorities uncovered the plot, and Yvonne was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She was released after six, and passed away soon after from tuberculosis.

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Not Plachetka, or a criminal (Thinkstock)

Ľudovit Plachetka (Czech Republic)

L’udovit Plachetka, a middleweight boxer, did not spend much time in the spotlight for his athletic abilities. Within a year of his first appearance in the games, Plachetka shot his girlfriend’s mother during an argument about custody agreements. He attempted to shoot his girlfriend as well, but was unsuccessful. Plachetka was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 1997, and served nine of those years. After trying to gain notoriety in the boxing world again, he was convicted in 2012 for sexual misconduct.

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