Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas' memoir 'Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith" has been released Tuesday. The 16-year-old's autobiography chronicles her journey to two gold medals, which includes both triumphs and hardships.
Douglas became the first African-American to win the Olympic gymnastics all-around gold medal. She was also a crucial member of the Fierce Five, who won the gymnastics team gold at the Olympic Games in London this summer.
The whole world watched Douglas shine her way through glory but excerpts from her newly released memoir say that she nearly gave up on the sport just a year before making history with her two gold medals.
Douglas had spoken to Enstarz regarding her book. "It's mainly about my story and where I came from. What I want people to take away is I want them to be motivated and inspired."
Douglas wrote that the incessant training and racism she faced made her lose passion for gymnastics, making her want to become a normal teenager again. She even considered working at Chick-Fil-A. "I can get a job at Chick-Fil-A in Virginia Beach and live off the 14-grand I just won at World Championships," she wrote in her book. She went on to state that it was her brother John who encouraged her to continue with gymnastics.
The Olympians' father, Sgt. Timothy Douglas, was serving in Afghanistan when his daughter won her medals. He has not been in her life since 2001. Gabby wrote that her father has not been in her life. "Dad began telling the media how he always supported me in my gymnastics career," she wrote. "The truth is that he didn't."
Apart from releasing her memoir, they young gymnast also received the Sportswoman of the Year Award at a Salute for Women in Sports event in New York in Oct.
Douglas is the third gymnast to ever win the Sportswoman of the Year award. Talking to Enstarz about being recognized for the award, she said, "It feels amazing. I'm just so honored to be here and so happy."