Two Seconds to Glory

When he was just 10 years old, little Tao Berman walked through his mom’s door in Washington State with a rock imbedded in his head, and a chunk of flesh ripped from his side. “That’s the price to pay for falling off a bike while careening down a mountainside,” Berman said.

That mountain bike accident is one of the first memories Berman recounts when he first realized he was different from a lot of people. “For awhile,” Berman said, “I just thought everyone was like me, and then I realized maybe I was different. I’m still trying to figure out whether that’s good or bad.”

Read: Two Seconds to Glory, by Christian Knight.