Gabby Douglas already made one of her dreams come true, now she’s working on another.
People magazine is reporting that the sixteen-year-old Olympic gold medalist will write an “inspirational memoir,” planned for December 2012 publication.
The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old’s early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Upon the announcement, Douglas said, “Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book.”
Her memoir, she adds, “will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy.” She hopes people will read her story “and think anything is possible.”
Zondervan media company acquired the book.
In a statement, HarperCollins senior vice-president Lisa Sharkey said, “Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic Gold Meals. The reason is her inner strength and strong faith.”
In the past, Gabby has said her favorite school subject is English and that she enjoys reading (and knitting) during her spare time. Judging from the blog she wrote after her historic win, Gabby is a great writer. Her story is definitely inspiring and it will be great to hear about her life, struggles and accomplishments all from her perspective. It will also be cool to hear about her post-Olympic experiences because she’s already done a lot and met so many people since winning the Gold.
Gabby isn’t the first gymnast to write a memoir about her life. Earlier this summer, a member of the Magnificent Seven (the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team), Dominique Moceanu published a memoir titled “Off Balance”.
Considering Gabby’s popularity and success so far, we predict this memoir will be a New York Times Best-Seller just in time for Christmas.
What do you think about Gabby publishing a memoir? What parts of her life are you hoping she touches on?
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