Growing up, Sylvie Curci was a professional gymnast and extremely competitive. All she cared about were her leotards, scrunchies, and the scoreboard. But when she severely injured her foot, it looked like her days as an athlete might be over, and she transitioned into focusing on her studies. After graduating from Emory University, she pursued two masters at NYU. She also served in Haiti and worked for the UN as well as the Red Cross. But now she’s making her way back into sports, though not in the way she expected. Now, as an acrobat–she’s found a way to work it all in, and maintain her balance in many ways. Read on to learn more about how she healed and found her way back into sports even when her future as a powerful female athlete seemed very bleak.