By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the U.S. Olympic education middle to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the task to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it truly is concerning the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each certainly one of us by means of assisting to push us throughout the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from dying, divorce, or the affliction of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how an analogous strength, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred evaluate) After analyzing former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra dependancy, you finish up feeling like one in all his closest buddies. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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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. ” I heard her talking on the phone later that day. She said my teacher thought I should quit or slow down my training in gymnastics because it was taking the focus away from my schoolwork.
Slowly my breath returned, and I knew the medicine-filled air was killing the beast that had taken residence in my lungs. I lay there, exhausted from my fight, but once again feeling immortal and strong. I was still sick, but the storm was over. I watched my mother on the other side of the tent looking in at me with concern. She looked beautiful through the plastic, like a goddess. Quietly, surrendering to the air that filled my lungs, I breathed in every ounce of medicine that blew into the space.
Michael immediately came up with the idea that we could jump over objects and land on the cushions. He scavenged the basement and found a few things that we could dive over—a Styrofoam cooler for my father’s beer, a plastic cooler (also for my father’s beer), a vacuum cleaner, and anything else that we couldn’t easily break. We set up the cushions to land on, just inches away from the cold, stone hearth of the fireplace. Being smaller, I ended up clearing the most objects. It was as if I had springs in my legs, and I intuitively knew how to use them.