Gabby Douglas, now an author, ready for VMAs
September 6th, 2012
03:28 PM ET

Gabby Douglas, now an author, ready for VMAs

Gabby Douglas is an Olympic champ turned author - more on that in a minute - but she still has her fangirl moments.

The gold-medal gymnast will appear with the rest of the Fierce Five at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, and there's one artist in particular Douglas, 16, is excited to see.

“I just wanna say I'm a huge fan of Lil Wayne," Douglas said at a press conference for the VMAs on Tuesday. "I listen to him before every competition and every training."

Luckily, she'll get to see the rapper in action - "he is performing and debuting his brand new song 'No Worries,'" she said.

Douglas is pulling double duty with appearances this week, as she's hopping from the Democratic National Convention to the VMAs - and revealing her book news in the process.

The 16-year-old is set to release an inspirational memoir called "Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith" in December.

"Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book," Douglas said, according to People magazine.

While the memoir will chronicle her training away from home and her life prior to the 2012 Olympics, it'll also "be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey," Douglas explained. "It hasn't been easy."

Her wish, she added, is for people to read about her journey and "think anything is possible."

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Cinchy

    How about less stories about black sports and rap music heroes, and more about their achievement in science, technology, and engineering?

    September 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ash

    who keeps threatening finances towards another that is so low end–in the meantime exit stage left

    September 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sassafratz

    Alicia Keys is a talentless hack.And so is this Gabby person.All ATAENTION,NO action.Just go away,so we don't have to look at your uglyness anymore.Got it?

    September 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • kk

      Dont be jealous that you are not her. She has more talent in her pinky finger then you have in your own body. Dont hat appreciate

      September 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      Gabby isnt talentless, let see you do half the things she could possibly do.

      September 10, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Actually, I think she's going to be quite hot but your spelling really sucks.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Unfair

    Dont blacks have an extra muscle cluster that gives them a great advantage in the kind of motions she needed to do?

    September 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad Axlerod

    We need to free Stanley Rosenthal!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stanley Rosenthal

    Iwant to thank Debbie Netsky, Grace & Abe Miller for the fun raiser they held to get me out
    of Graterford prison.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas Rubberhead Clauss (age99 in diapers)

    She is very talented.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Bee Bop Clauss

    she is a Karatee expert.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D'Armagnac

    Oh, yes, such an accomplishment. She devoted herself to running, jumping and tumbling – bravo! The US continues to fall behind in education/college graduation rates yet we heap praise upon athletes as if they make a necessary contribution to society. They don't – they're entertainers. Sport is only relevant in the US because we live in such a prosperous nation and can indulge in these trivialities. But we won't continue to prosper if we fail to emphasize education and correctly prioritize sports.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      True enough – at least we can be proud of something

      September 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isis

      @ D'armagnac you fail to realize that most sports require you to have good grades in order to participate. Especially when it comes to school athletics. Who knows what the deaal was is her case, but i'm just proving a point here that in most case education and sport go hand in had.

      September 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rose1963

    I'm very proud of Gabby and all her achievements, but all that fake hair is killing me. Why is she bowing down to media pressure to look a certain way. A cute bob, or just a few hair pieces would be much better. All that fake hair makes her look much older and takes away from her true beauty.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • linda Brooks

      if you look around in our communities it appears that is the going trend to have all the fake hair, but i say lets not focus on the hair focus on her achievements. hair is not a issue and we shouldn;t make it one,

      September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Have you learned nothing about all the scorn heaped on the idiots who first criticized Gabby's hair? People like you were met with disgust for your fixation on a child's hair instead of her accomplishments and now your comments show you simply don't get it. Find something of merit and importance to focus on.

      September 7, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Beautiful young lady

    Go girl! We are so proud!!

    September 7, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Evan

    Hey, my friends and I made a video inspired by the “Fierce Five”! Check out the video, it’s very funny and inspirational. Thank you!

    September 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Great Young Lady

    a wonderful example for young people to show them they can reach their goals!

    September 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cal

    glad we were able to skype in–how did it look. broke a few
    u're mlbox is full.

    September 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. we be here until she be home....

    cute young lady

    September 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. phone it asap.


    September 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mormon

    Her flexibility and stamina will make her very popular with the boys

    September 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jackie Benjamin

    Gabby my wish is for you to finish school and go on to college. Remember you will not be a gymnast forever.

    September 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  19. palestranger

    Good for her but I thought she was 17 years old. I guess she deserves this praise because she did so well at the olympics. Kudos

    September 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |

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