Twists and Turns
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'People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold medal and fame hadn't changed me. I always responded, "Why would I change? Being me is the easiest person to be." I was lying. It wasn't.' At the Beijing Olympic Games, Matthew Mitcham made history with an unforgettable dive, scoring perfect tens, and winning gold for Australia. There was no hint of the harrowing battle this talented young dynamo had fought with clinical depression, self-harm, and his addiction to alcohol and drugs including crystal meth (also known as Ice). Joyously out and proud, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet even after Beijing and ranking No 1 in the world, beneath that cheeky, fun-loving exterior he was painfully aware of how easily it could unravel. Unbeknownst to everyone, even those closest to him, Matthew turned to crystal meth as a way of dealing with his personal demons some of which stemmed from his childhood. When injury further threatened his London Olympic hopes, he struggled to overcome his addictions, and balance his perfectionism with the old fear of self-doubt. He may not have won gold but he triumphed over his physical and emotional pain - and showed us the true meaning of sportsmanship. Twists and Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion, in and out of the pool. "A searingly frank memoir" - Deborah Snow, The Sydney Morning Herald
Really honest and touching
Matt has managed to write an amazingly honest and touching book that makes your feel like he was personally telling you his story over a coffee
Inspiring, and revealing. A really interesting tale of growth
I don't usually read biographies - let alone those of sporting types, but I really enjoyed this. I don't remember the last time I read an entire book in one evening like this.
His story isn't at all what I expected, and he's clearly held nothing back about his past.
While diving is the strong focus, and of little interest to me personally, I think the telling of Matthew's journey was the reward for me.
I can't help but wish him all the best for the future after reading his story.
An enjoyable and inspiring read
I found myself re-living specific parts of my own life over and over whilst reading though his book. I actually read through it in record time (for me) and found myseld caught up with the emotion of each moments written. It is very inspiring, honest in all accounts and thoroughly and enjoyable read.