As if earning a gold medal and appearing on every talk-show and magazine in existence weren’t enough, Gabby Douglas has stepped up her nonstop media tour this week. She was with McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a pre-VMA press conference, where Gabby got to announce Lil Wayne’s performance. Then she hopped on a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber helped promote the Kids’ Health Goes Gold initiative by day and then she led the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in the evening. We assume she’s en route back to L.A. for tonight’s VMAs. That in itself seems like enough on the plate of a 16-year-old, but today comes news of one more project in the works: She’s publishing a memoir.
People reports that HarperCollins will publish Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, the story of how Douglas grew up in Virginia and faced the tough decision to leave home to train for the Olympics. “Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book,” she said in a statement about the memoir, which is set to hit shelves in December.
“Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic gold medals,” HarperCollins senior vice president Lisa Sharkey said. “The reason is her inner strength and strong faith.”
So what should be next for the gymnast? Acting gigs? Hosting her own talk show? More gymnastics? Maybe, possibly, enjoying being a teenager for a minute? Nah. That hardly sounds as fun as meeting Lil’ Wayne.
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