"I've been training hard," Macaw says. "What else is there to do in the clink?"
If he makes parole, Macaw aims to compete in gymnastics.
"Pommel horse, rings, horizontal and parallel bars, I totally got it. Vault is my weakest event, but my floor exercise is exhilarating, if I do say so myself."
If Macaw seems confident that's because he's been training for the Olympics most of his life.
"This is my destiny," Macaw said. "No matter what mistakes I've made I was born to be an Olympic champion."
Macaw is serving time in the pokey for second-degree aggravated battery. He says there was no excuse for what he did.
"I got into smoking the seed, and then that woman's hair was so...nesty, and then I flew from the cops. Stupid. I'm clean now though. That's what's important."
Second-degree aggravated battery comes with a 5-10 year prison term and a fine of up to $150,000. If violators commit the crime while eluding police, they are required to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
Macaw was thrown in the slammer for 5 years for the offense.
"I've done my time, and I'm eligible for parole next week," Macaw says. "I just hope they don't deny it."
Macaw's Olympic hopes now rest in the hands of a parole board, but he says he's keeping a positive attitude no matter what the decision.
"If all else fails there's always 2016," Macaw says. "I'd love to go to London to compete, but Brazil is my home country, and it would be a great way to return."
Macaw's parole hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am.
Story by Lensy Shutters
Birds Etcetera - OKC
Lensy Shutters studies Mass Communications at Mooseville University and is interning with us.