Olympic dynamo Gabby Douglas is planning to write an inspirational memoir that will tell the story about her journey to become the first African-American to win the gold medal in the all-around individual gymnastics competition at this year’s London summer games, reports People Magazine.
The “inspirational memoir,” which is slated to be released in December, is entitled “Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith.” It will be published by the Zondervan imprint of the publishing house of HarperCollins.
Douglas, who captured the hearts of Olympic viewers everywhere with her beaming smile and riveting performance, has been celebrated as a trailblazer for young African American girls who aspire to break into gymnastics. The 16-year-old was able to accomplish her awe-inspiring feat through a combination of hard work, family support, and a relentless drive.
Douglas will now have the opportunity to tell her story in the inspirational book that will chronicle how she began gymnastics at age 6. She will explain her fervent desire to take her chosen sport to new heights and how it fueled her to stay the course, despite the many stumbling blocks that crossed her path–including her battles with racism.
Douglas told People that the book “will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy.” She said, “I want people to read my story and say, ‘If Gabby can do it, I can do it too. Anything is possible.’”
Winning two gold medals in a sport that has mostly been dominated by whites is quite an accomplishment and Douglas, who has been quoted as saying that she wants to “inspire people, inspire a nation,” has now been added to the long list of African American firsts.
Her book will help her great legacy live on.