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Gabby Douglas To Write Memoir

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Gabby DouglasIt can be hard to imagine a 16 year old girl writing a memoir, but when that 16 year old is the Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas, it’s much easier to understand. Douglas announced Thursday that she would be writing an inspirational memoir, and that it is planned for publication in December 2012. That doesn’t give the flying squirrel much time to write her memoir, but again, she’s only 16 years old, so there probably is not too much to write.

The book is set to be titled “Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith” and is said to chronicle Douglas’ early life. It will also go into why and how she was able to leave her family in Virginia at only 12 years old to train over 3,000 miles away. She will also write about her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

With the announcement of the memoir, Douglas said that even before she had ever competed in the Olympics, she had always wanted to write a book. She also said that her memoir will tell much about just what she and her family have had to overcome during the Olympic journey. She said that it wasn’t easy but she hopes that her story will be able to teach others to think that anything is possible.

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Zondervan Media company has acquired the book. The senior Vice President at HarperCollins, Lisa Sharkey, said in a statement that Douglas shines even brighter than her Olympic Gold Medals. She says the reason for that shine is her incredibly strong faith and inner strength.

The entire journey for Douglas was unlikely. Her coach, Liang Chow (who had also coached Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson) said that he didn’t realize he would have a decorated Olympian on his hands when he began training Douglas after she moved to Iowa by herself when she was 14 years old.

Douglas had no clue either. She said that when she looks back and thinks about it, she realizes that everything is possible. She made a lot of sacrifices when she moved to Iowa, but they all paid off. Chow has said that Douglas has really improved. Many people didn’t believe that Douglas had the mental toughness that would be needed, but she proved them wrong during her performance at the Olympic competition.Gabby Douglas

The team coordinator for the US Girls Olympic Gymnastics team, Marta Karolyi, said that Douglas had such a huge improvement in such a short time, and that she hasn’t seen any gymnast go from average but good to the best in the world in only 5 months.

With her kind of story, it’s no surprise that she is writing a memoir, and I’m sure that it is bound to be an inspiration to tons of people.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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