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Gabby Douglas to Publish Inspirational Memoir

09/06/2012 at 08:35 AM EDT

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Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas announced Thursday that she will write an "inspirational memoir," planned for December 2012 publication.

The book, to be titled Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, will chronicle the 16-year-old's early life, how she left her family in Virginia at age 12 to train 3,000 miles away and her path to gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Upon the announcement, Douglas said, "Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book."





Her memoir, she adds, "will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn't been easy." She hopes people will read her story "and think anything is possible."

Zondervan media company acquired the book.

In a statement, HarperCollins senior vice-president Lisa Sharkey said, "Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic Gold Meals. The reason is her inner strength and strong faith."

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