Gabby Douglas Penning First Book in Time for Christmas

HarperCollins' Christian imprint Zondervan will publish the Olympic gold medalist's "Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith."

Gabby Douglas better write fast. The gold-medal-winning gymnast and Olympic favorite is releasing her first book before the end of the year.

Zondervan, HarperCollins' Christian imprint, announced Thursday that the publisher has acquired the world rights to Douglas' upcoming memoir, Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith.

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"Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book," she said at the time of the announcement. "Of course, there'll be a lot of stories about gymnastics, but the book will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn't been easy."

The book is planned for a Dec. 2012 release in time for Christmas.

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"We are confident that this humble young woman will inspire a generation of her peers and beyond when they read her personal story," said Harper Collins SVP and director of creative development Lisa Sharkey.

Douglas, 16, became the first African-American to win gold in the gymnastics all-around during the U.S. team's recent tour of London. She's since been on a media tour, appearing on Oprah's Next Chapter and sitting alongside first lady Michelle Obama on The Tonight Show.

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