Oscar Pistorius & The South African Sports Star Curse

Is there a curse over South African sports stars? It seems so. This lengthy article traces the fluctuating fortunes of three huge South African sports icons: Paralympic multiple gold medalist Oscar Pistorius, Proteas cricket captain Hansie Cronje, and Springbok rugby captain Joost van der Westhuizen.
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About Paul Stevens

There is a favorite line from my novella Dinner Party For Eight in which Angela asks Harry:

“What do you think I am?”
Harry considered this for a moment. What was she actually?
“Well I suppose you are a very beautiful cook.”

So if I have to answer the same question what am I actually? I would also need to consider this for a moment. I would like to say I’m an ex astronaut, have more degrees than a thermometer, have competed in the Tour de France without any EPO, surfed Teahupoo in Tahiti and emerged unscathed, sailed round the world, am an ace Alpine skier, am a member of Mensa, have a beauty queen wife and gorgeous kids, and started my own corporation which has listed on NASDAQ. I could go on but like Arnold Schwarzenegger I don’t want to boast.
Well to be honest, I have gone some of the way towards all those things. I do have a letter from Wernher von Braun, I do have three degrees in Physics, I have flown in a jet plane (Emirates Air), I do cycle the mega steep hills here where I live but unfortunately can’t get EPO anywhere, I am a keen surfer who has almost managed to break his neck, I am an ocean going skipper and I did own my own yacht though if it was me I wouldn’t sail with me as captain, I do ski but you need to get out of the way, I do have a beautiful wife (though her agreeing to marry me has to be my biggest piece of luck ever) and two great kids, I do have my own software business but no stock exchanges alas and I would like to take the Mensa test but I’m pretty sure I would fail and then I wouldn’t be able to live with that so I would rather rationalize. I live in that sapphire city – Cape Town.

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