Simone Biles performs on the beam during the Gymnastics Rio Gala on day 12 of the Olympic Games on Aug. 17, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.
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It's a great year to be Simone Biles.

The powerful gymnast recently wowed us all on the world stage at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, bringing home five medals in all. Four of those medals were gold—ranking her among a small, elite group of gymnasts who have done the same in a single Olympics.


And now she's an author.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Biles' autobiography, Courage to Soar, is scheduled to be released by Christian publisher Zondervan on Nov. 15. The work is being co-written with journalist Michelle Burford, the same author who co-wrote Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas' autobiography, Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith. 

“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, according to the Times. “I feel honored to work with Zondervan. They publish so many great stories that inspire readers to live their lives with purpose.”

Biles dominated women's gymnastics in Rio last month, becoming the first American female gymnast to bring home four gold medals from a single Olympics. Her fifth medal was a bronze for the balance beam.


According to the Times, the publisher said that Biles' autobiography will address "challenges in her childhood" and "the ups and downs of her life."

Biles was raised by her grandfather and his wife—whom she calls Mom and Dad—because of her biological parents’ struggle with drug abuse, which prevented them from caring for Biles or her siblings.


“Simone’s life and story will equip countless fans with the courage and motivation to move beyond ‘life as it seems,’" Zondervan Vice President Annette Bourland said, who added that the book would be inspirational.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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