By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the U.S. Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the task to being declared useless. This tale is going past dependancy. it really is in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each certainly one of us by means of supporting to push us in the course of the darkness, even if the darkness is from demise, divorce, or the disorder of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how an identical power, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred evaluation) After examining former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra habit, you finally end up feeling like one in every of his closest associates. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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I would never go back to a life without that feeling, and would do whatever it took to keep it. I repeated the movements again and again, trying to expand and become something more. With every fiber of my being, I knew that movement would be my destiny. That night I couldn’t sleep, and thought about crawling out of bed to do flips on the cushions. The crescent moon slipped through the clouds and the autumn wind rustled in the trees. I lay still and awestruck, anticipating tomorrow so that I could return to my new discovery.
The national anthem always startled me because it started the competition, like the gun fired for runners. During the anthem, I prayed for the ability to do my best and to remain injury-free. I prayed for perfection. Once the song ended, it was time to be judged and scrutinized for what I loved to do. ” BANG! Would we ever be the same after that song? Competition was serious, and we had six rotations in Olympic order: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar.
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 to train in gymnastics, but I hated competing. I could never sleep the night before a competition and would continuously go through my routines in my head.
Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano