Gabby Douglas continues to inspire
Gabby Douglas proved she is truly the epitome of the American Dream at the 2012 London Olympics, and the young gymnast is at it again. The New York Daily News reports the gold-medal athlete is currently penning a memoir on her life thus far.
The memoir "Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith," is set to hit stores by Christmas this year and details the struggles and obstacles the young athlete had to overcome in order to achieve her goals. Douglas opened up about her dream to write an inspirational memoir to People Magazine earlier this year.
"It hasn't been easy, Douglas told the publication. "Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book."
Douglas now has her chance. The book will reportedly focus on her journey to the top, starting when she left her family and friends in Virginia at age 12 to train nearly 3,000 miles away.
The Today Show anchors spoke with Douglas about her idea and why she thought it was important to provide her (growing) fan base with a look at what it took to get to where she is today. The memoir will have numerous references to her Christian faith as well as support from her family and her Olympic training host family.
"My mom and I want to let people know about us and how we overcame hard times," Douglas told the news show.
Lisa Sharkey, the senior vice-president of HarperCollins that will publish the memoir, wrote in a statement what an honor it is to work with the athlete as she continues on her journey to the top.
"Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic gold medals," Sharkey said. "The reason is her inner strength and strong faith."
Fans of the overnight sensation can get a glimpse into her life at home and on the road when the book comes out sometime this December.