Gabby Douglas captured American hearts with a dazzling smile and a gymnastics gold medal in London. Now the teenager looks to captivate the public with her words.
Douglas, 16, announced Thursday that she will write an “inspirational memoir’’ for a HarperCollins imprint that is planned to be released in December, which was first reported by People.com. The book is to be titled “Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith,’’ and will detail her journey to gold in the London Olympics.
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"My mom and I want to let people know about us and how we overcame hard times,’’ Douglas told TODAY.com during the Olympics when expressing her interest in writing a book.
There will be many references on how her deep Christian faith and the support of her family and the host family she lived with while training for the Olympics helped her focus through the intense scrutiny in London, according to Douglas’s agent, Sheryl Shade. Douglas also wants the book to show that dreams can be achieved by hard work and determination.
Douglas, who will appear with her U.S. gymnastics teammates on MTV’s Video Music Awards Thursday night, began fielding book offers only days after her Olympic performance. Shade told TODAY.com that they immediately had 12 inquiries and five solid offers, including three from Christian imprints. They eventually decided on the Zondervan division of HarperCollins.
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