We don’t post a whole lot of racing content here but this is something that you’ll want to check out whether you’ve ever been on a track or not. It’s a look into Steven Cisar‘s journey from potential Olympic athlete to heroin addict and back again. It’s a story that I wasn’t familiar with but one that crosses the boundaries of specific BMX disciplines and could pertain to almost anyone. I’m very glad to see that Steven is clean and back on track (pun intended).

“Steven Cisar started out in Motocross as a child, later into his teens he focused on BMX racing full time and quickly became a known name on the circuit picking up good sponsorships. In 2008 he got 2nd at The BMX World Championships and was on the USA Olympic trials team. The Olympic trials race took place just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This would be a race that would define his career, if he did well he would have been selected to represent USA at The Olympics, unfortunately Steven crashed out which meant he wasn’t selected. 

A few months later Steven started getting into drugs, smoking weed, drinking alcohol and started using perscription pills to get high. He didn’t realise but his body started slowly getting addicted to them where one day his friend noticed it and told Steven’s family that Steven is addicted and needs help. Steven went into rehab in 2009 due to his addiction, he went in a few times over the course of two years. At one of the rehabs he met a guy who told him about Heroin and convinced Steven that it is an amazing drug to try, it’s cheaper, easier to get and you get an amazing high.

When Steven got out of rehab he went to get heroin with this guy and used it for the first time, he quickly became addicted to heroin without any of his family knowing. His mother started noticing Steven selling everything, Steven even got arrested twice with possession of heroin and the court ordered him to either do rehab for the last time or he would have to go to jail for 6 years.

Steven went to the last rehab in the desert in 2012, this was serious and Steven did whatever he could to get off heroin, he did it the hard way, without medication. He was in rehab for three months, until Christmas 2012 where he was released and spent his first Christmas for a few years, clean.

Early 2013, Steven started getting back into BMX and started racing again with help of Derek Sipkoi. Since then he has been gaining sponsorship again and making it back to the top of the sport. This year Steven was selected to race the 2014 BMX World Championships in Holland. Steven made it through to the Semi finals, missing out on one place.

HIs goals for the future are definitely the 2016 Rio Olympics, he is training and racing hard to become one of the best in the world again. 

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