Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles isn’t going away just because the Rio Games are over: The 19-year-old gymnast will drop her first memoir in a few months.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the book, Courage to Soar, will be released by Christian publisher Zondervan and was co-written by journalist Michelle Burford.
“I want people to reach for their dreams. If you’re willing to put in a lot of work, and if you’re focused and determined, you can go really far. There (are) so many people who have inspired me with their love and encouragement along the way — and I want to pass on that inspiration to readers,” Biles said in the publisher’s release statement.
“I feel honored to work with Zondervan. They publish so many great stories that inspire readers to live their lives with purpose,” she added.
On Ellen, the 4-foot-9 gymnast explained the concept of the book even further, saying it’s “my life story and it’s coming from me so that people don’t read something on the internet and they’re a little bit unsure of it. So it’s about my life, a little bit about my family, and then how I got to where I am.”
Last month, during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the pint-sized Texan was a global breakout star taking home five medals — four gold and one bronze — becoming the first female American gymnast to do so since Nastia Liukin in 2008, the LA Times noted. She was also the U.S.’s flag bearer at the Games’ closing ceremony.
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