Paperback ISBN: 1937612511
Follow the author as he goes on a harrowing journey from the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado to homeless shelters in New Jersey to shooting heroin on the job in the New York Times bathroom to being declared dead in Boston. This story goes beyond addiction. It is about the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and how that spirit can redeem each and every one of us by helping to push us through the darkness, whether the darkness is from death, divorce, or the disease of addiction. Acrobaddict is a story about the close relationship between athletics and drug addiction?how the same energy, obsession, and dedication that can create an Olympic athlete can also create a homeless drug addict. Joe Putignano is a performing artist and contortionist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil. He was the star of the Cirque show Totem. He has performed in The Times They Are A'changin' by Twyla Tharp and in a number of stage productions with the Metropolitan Opera. Since 1987 he has won numerous state and regional gymnastics championships. Putignano has been featured on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Human Factor, a CNN show that profiles survivors who have overcome the odds.
Acrobatics for Children & Teenagers
Paperback ISBN: 1782550135
This book teaches the basics of partner acrobatics with children and teenagers. It shows the reader how to organize practice sessions and arrange performances. A practical section presents simple acrobatic figures that have proved to be of value in practice.
My Life in Elite Gymnastics
Paperback ISBN: 0061351474
Fanciful dreams of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the local gymnastics club in 1976. A natural aptitude and a willingness to endure punishing hard work took her to the elite ranks by the time she was eleven years old. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights—the world championships, the 1988 Olympics—the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself. Chalked Up delivers an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough and has finally come to accept who they were meant to be.
Coaching Youth Gymnastics
An Essential Guide for Coaches, Parents and Teachers
Paperback ISBN: 1785002201
A resource for both new coaches and also for more experienced teachers. It explains the various disciplines of gymnastics, together with how they fit into the framework of international gymnastic competition. It also discusses various coaching styles and how they might best be applied in different circumstances.
Grace, Gold & Glory
My Leap of Faith
Hardcover ISBN: 0310740614
Gold-winning US gymnast and Olympic All-Around champion Gabrielle Douglas tells her personal story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.
Skills - Techniques - Training
Paperback ISBN: 1847972470
Crowood Sports Guides provide sound, practical advice that will make you a better sportsperson, whether you are learning the basic skills, discovering more advanced techniques, or reviewing the fundamentals of your sport.
The Ultimate Guide for Coaches, Gymnasts and Parents
Paperback ISBN: 1600379486
"Gymnastics Psychology" takes a comprehensive look at the factors that are necessary for training champions while emphasizing concern for the athlete’s psychological status, regardless of the level of achievement. The easy-to-follow articles cover the interpersonal relationships of coaches and athletes, psychological issues pertaining to motivation and fear management, meet preparation and goal setting, as well as vital family, school and peer relationships. The authors provide definitive insight in the areas of psychological development and competitive behaviors that are critical to success.
It's Not About Perfect
Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1250049865
"When the odds were against me, I was always at my best." When she retired at age 19, Shannon Miller did so as one of the most recognizable gymnasts in the country. The winner of seven Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history, Shannon tells a story of surviving and thriving. A shy, rambunctious girl raised in Oklahoma, Shannon fell in love with gymnastics at a young age and fought her way to the top. In 1992 she won five Olympic medals after breaking her elbow in a training accident just months prior to the Games. Then, in 1996, a doctor advised her to retire immediately or face dire consequences if she chose to compete on her injured wrist. Undeterred, Shannon endured the pain and led her team, the “Magnificent Seven,