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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 activity to being declared useless. This tale is going past dependancy. it really is concerning the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem every certainly one of us via aiding to push us throughout the darkness, even if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the sickness of addiction.

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

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred overview) After studying former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra habit, you finish 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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Instead of inspiring me, the diversity of skills I saw performed was deflating. I was consumed with envy and petrified I wouldn’t be able to achieve the same skills. At the camp I was grouped with six other little daredevils like me. The other athletes were just as dedicated as I was, and for some reason that fact really bothered me. I got to feel that I wasn’t athletically special and not the only person imbued with supernatural powers. That understanding was profoundly humbling, and I knew I was going to have to train harder and longer than any other athlete in the world.

IT IS ONE OF THE THREE MAIN NERVES IN THE ARM AND THE LARGEST UNPROTECTED NERVE IN THE BODY. ” SOMETIMES WHEN THIS AREA IS BUMPED, IT CAN CAUSE A SHOCK-LIKE FEELING. When I was thirteen, my father began to disappear from the family. I didn’t notice this because he often worked late and my focus on gymnastics kept me in an impenetrable world, with only my dreams and goals surrounding me. I knew my parents fought, but I didn’t know to what extent. During those years, my entire family worked at the restaurant, Giovanni’s Avon Towne House.

It was conquering me, and I could do nothing about it. I was defeated with each painful breath I tried to take. My small hands balled into fists as I physically fought to get the air inside me. Dread filled my mind, and the shadows in the room seemed to be silently waiting. I was now completely powerless, and it happened so fast. The air was no longer available for me to take. My heart raced faster and faster, like a drummer gone mad. I thought I was dying, and I was embarrassed that I no longer had the strength or ability to fight.

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