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.
“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 feet, 9 inch gymnast explained the concept even further, saying that 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 Summer Games, the pint-sized Texan native 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.
Courage to Soar will be available on Nov. 15.
Congrats Simone! We can’t wait to read it!
10 Things You Need To Know About Simone Manuel
1. Simone made history this year as the first Black woman to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event.1 of 10
2. The gold medal-winner often wanted to quit swimming because she “always had an issue with not seeing people that looked like me in the sport.”Source:Instagram 2 of 10
3. With returning Olympian and fellow Stanford teammate Lia Neal, Rio was the first time two Black women qualified for the U.S. Olympic swim team.Source:Instagram 3 of 10
4. She started swimming at four-years-old.Source:Instagram 4 of 10
5. Simone’s favorite pastime is cooking.Source:Instagram 5 of 10
6. The 20-year-old will be a sophomore this fall at Stanford University and is looking to major in communications.Source:Instagram 6 of 10
7. As a nod to her effortless abilities once she hits water, her friends named her “Swimone.”Source:Instagram 7 of 10
8. Simone took swimming seriously after watching Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Source:Instagram 8 of 10
9. Simone has two older brothers, who she calls her best friends. Both were into swimming before her.Source:Instagram 9 of 10
10. Simone first tried out for the Olympic team in 2012, but didn’t make the cut until 2016. Timing is key!Source:Instagram 10 of 10