By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the USA Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the activity to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it really is in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem every one among us by means of assisting to push us throughout the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the illness of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative in regards to the shut dating among athletics and drug addiction—how a similar strength, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred assessment) After studying former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of habit, restoration, and extra habit, you finally end up feeling like certainly one of his closest associates. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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My mom had a beautiful way of making everything sound playful. The next day I became a member of the World Gymnastics preteam, and my life would never be the same again. I was no longer a nine-year-old boy; I was to become a warrior. The team practiced more hours than a regular class, three times a week for two hours. I received my first uniform and began training routines to compete against other gymnasts. I couldn’t believe I was on the gymnastics team after only a few classes. I was afraid, but knew my chance to dive into the unknown and release the movements lying deep within me had arrived.
Our gymnastics team had grown in size to ten athletes, and the team dynamics had changed. Chris, the stronger teammate, was in a division higher than me because his skill level was more advanced. Even though he was better than me, I still kept him in the corner of my eye. Seth and I were in the same level, which was great because we were becoming good friends. I was sad Seth wasn’t going to the Olympic Training Center with me, but knew if I let my guard down once, he would be going instead of me.
I loved going back to the restaurant because I felt like I was hanging out with the adults and sat at the end of the giant, island-shaped bar doing my homework. My father would cook me something in the kitchen and my sister Trish would pour me a Coke using the bar’s soda gun. While other kids my age were getting ready for their next day of school, I was at the center of another world.
Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano