By Joe Putignano

Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the united states Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to taking pictures heroin at the activity to being declared lifeless. This tale is going past habit. it really is concerning the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem every one in all us via aiding to push us during the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the ailment of addiction.

Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how a similar power, obsession, and commitment that may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred overview) After analyzing former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of habit, restoration, and extra habit, you finally end up feeling like one in all his closest associates. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...

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She smelled of anger and discontent, and I often felt that she singled me out because she herself had lost her own dreams, and I was a reminder of the road less traveled. I was that single, burning fire in a forest that she could not extinguish, and the flickering of my flames scorched her inner child’s dream. She eventually telephoned my mother to ask her why I was so unfocused in the classroom. ” It was clear the words came from a greater authority, and I was a puppet under its control. “I thought so,” she replied.

IF THE HEART OUTWEIGHED THE FEATHER, THE POSSESSOR WOULD NOT HAVE A FAVORABLE AFTERLIFE. The dark hallway opened to a giant indoor tennis court full of gymnastics equipment. The apparatuses looked hazardous, beaten, and weary, reminding me of old-fashioned torture devices used in wars hundreds of years ago. These structures stood like tombstones jutting out of an archaic graveyard, sanctified and solid. The equipment had absorbed the souls of all the athletes who had performed and trained on those devices—each spirit giving the gym more character and stability, transforming the space into its own thriving organism.

I don’t think my teacher understood how difficult gymnastics was. My teammates and I had a good time at practice, but it was hard work. It takes a special kind of discipline that many children haven’t yet cultivated. Even with the youthful energy a child carries, going to school all day, coming home, and then going directly to gymnastics was exhausting. My teammates and I missed out on a lot of things and sacrificed a lot for our passion. I remember one year I received the game Zelda for our Nintendo.

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