Gabrielle Douglas Gears Up For Release Of Second Memoir, ‘Raising The Bar’

March 14, 2013  |  

Last year 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas released an inspirational memoir entitled Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith., in which she discussed the early years of her life, including leaving her family at 12 years old to train for the Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, her challenging journey to triumph and her 2012 London Olympics win. The Virginia native’s second novel, Raising the Bar will highlight what life is like following her historic Olympic victory.

The 144-page autobiography has a scheduled release date of April 30, 2013, according to Zondervan, the book’s publisher. A description of Raising the Bar found on the publisher’s website reads:

“After competing in the 2012 London Olympics and winning two gold medals, Gabrielle Douglas’s life changed forever … but in many important ways, it stayed the same. Inside these pages, Gabrielle shares an inside look at her day-to-day world, from the things that are still important to her—time with her friends and family, her favorite comfort foods, and her training routine—as well as what’s it’s like to suddenly walk the red carpet and interviewed by various people. Along the way, Gabrielle also offers tips on how you can raise the bar on your life and accomplish your dreams. Through candid photos taken by Gabrielle to exclusive images taken behind the scenes, experience what it’s like to be an Olympic Champion and a normal teenage girl balancing a life in the spotlight with a life in the gym.”

According to Publishers Weekly, Raising the Bar is the second installment of a two-book deal that Douglas signed with Zondervan last year.

“Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book. Of course, there’ll be a lot of stories about gymnastics, but the book will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy. I want people to read my story and say, ‘If Gabby can do it, I can do it, too. Anything is possible,'” Douglas said of her first novel.

“Gabby’s life and story will equip countless young people with the courage and motivation to move beyond ‘life as it seems.’ Her magnetic smile and poised demeanor set her apart. We could not be happier to work with Gabby and her family on this project,” said Zondervan’s Annette Bourland of the dual book deal.


It looks like this is yet another major accomplishment for the 17-year-old gymnast. Raising the Bar sounds like a great read for all of the young girls who are seeking to follow in Gabby’s footsteps. She’s such an inspiration!

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