Louis Smith hated the way the drug affected his training at the gym

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He’s only 24, but after dedicating most of his life to gymnastics, Louis Smith has written an autobiography.

It charts his childhood, first love and his Olympics story (he won a bronze medal in Beijing and a bronze and silver in London).

Louis admits he was quite naughty at school.

‘I used to go straight from school to the gym and I didn’t go to parties or drink, so I liked to mess around a bit,’ he admits.

‘One day I went in with this huge Afro.

‘My teacher was furious and said: “Take it off!”

‘I was like: “I can’t, it’s my hair.”

‘She thought it was a wig and tugged it.

‘I mean, who yanks someone’s hair?’

In his book, Louis reveals he suffers from ADHD and was put on drugs as a child.

‘I didn’t particularly like being on Ritalin,’ Louis recalls.

‘I was eight and I knew education was important – I wanted to try harder at school.

‘My school work dramatically improved but my gymnastics was affected.

‘So when I was 12 I told Mum I didn’t want to be on it.’ 

Louis: My Story So Far (£16.99, Orion) is out now.

Read more about Louis Smith in this week’s Now magazine dated 8 July 2013 – download the digital edition now!

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