Gabby Douglas is set to publish an inspirational memoir coming December.
The smiley 16-year-old gymnast Gabby Douglas, who won two Olympic gold medals in London, will be writing two books, and one of them a memoir titled “Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith.”
The memoir was acquired by HarperCollins’ Zondervan media, and will be available by Christmas.
"Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book," the “Flying Squirrel” of the U.S. gymnastics team said when the upcoming book was announced.
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"I want people to read my story and say, 'If Gabby can do it, I can do it too. Anything is possible,’” Douglas said.
In the book, Gabby Douglas will open up about "how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn't been easy."
Douglas is hoping that those who read her memoir will "think anything is possible."
"Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic gold medals. The reason is her inner strength and strong faith,” Lisa Sharkey, senior vice president at HarperCollins, said in a statement.
Gabrielle Douglas made history when she won a gold medal in the women’s individual all-around finals in the London Olympics 2012. She became the first African American woman to win the title.
When the gymnastics champion appeared on Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” following her glorious victory, Douglas revealed that she almost gave up her dream because of teammates’ bullying and racist jokes.
“I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out,” Gabby Douglas said.
"I felt like I was bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat the other teammates," she confessed the harassment she received.
“One of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?’” the gymnast, nicknamed the Flying Squirrel, recalled one incident.
“And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’”
“I was the only African-American at that gym,” said Gabby Douglas.
“I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? — those thoughts were going through my mind.”
Gabby’s mother Natalie Hawkins said of her daughter’s breaking point at the age of 14, when she was training at a gym in Virginia Beach.
“She said, ‘I’d rather quit — if I can’t move and train and get another coach, I’d rather quit the sport,’” Gabby’s mother said.
Douglas then moved alone to Des Moines to live with a host family, and receive training from Coach Liang Chow.
When Douglas brought up the idea, the initial response from her mother was "absolutely not."
However, the gymnast's two older sisters lobbied on her behalf, giving their mother a list of reasons why Gabby should be allowed to go, according to AJC.
Though Hawkins eventually relented, she thought "that I was crazy. I must have lost my marbles. But she wanted this more than anything."
The tough choice for Hawkins turned out to be the right one.
More stories in the life of Gabby Douglas are set to unfold before our eyes with her memoir’s arrival.
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