Olympic gold medalist and World Champion gymnast Simone Biles has an inspiring story to tell in her new autobiography – Courage to Soar – from Zondervan. The official autobiography written with New York Times bestselling author Michelle Burford, will be on sale November 15, 2016, and features a foreword by Mary Lou Retton.
Simone’s entrance into the world of gymnastics started unexpectedly, but her natural talent and drive have made her into one of the top gymnasts in the world. The joyful, often smiling 19-year-old is the first woman to win three consecutive world all-around titles which have been followed by an impressive achievement of earning four gold medals and one bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This inspiring young athlete set a new American record for most gold medals received in women’s gymnastics at a single Games (four) and is the most decorated American female gymnast in World Championships history with a total of fourteen medals, including ten gold. The first African-American to be world all-around champion, Simone is known for her never-give-up spirit, her passion and her determination.
“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. That doesn’t mean everything will happen overnight; for me, it took years of training and perseverance to reach my goals. But looking back on it now, I’m glad I didn’t give up. There 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,” said Biles.
In Courage to Soar, Simone gives readers a never-before-seen look at her life. In her own words and photos, Simone reveals how challenges in her childhood have shaped her into the young woman and role model she is today. She shares the ups and downs of her life, insights into her positive mental approach, and her inspiring journey to the pinnacle of her sport. She also sets an example to always have fun, no matter the pressure.
“Simone’s life and story will equip countless fans with the courage and motivation to move beyond ‘life as it seems.‘ Her mega-watt smile and poise, not to mention dedicated demeanor, set her apart. We could not be happier to work with Simone and her family on this project,” said Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher at Zondervan.
“I feel honored to work with Zondervan. They publish so many great stories that inspire readers to live their lives with purpose. Growing up, I always loved reading about other people’s experiences, so it’s cool that I’ve had the chance to partner with Zondervan and tell my own story,” said Biles.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time, Simone’s accomplishments in the gym have earned the distinct honor of a signature move – The Biles – that will forever be part of the sports’ history. Simone has been recognized as one of TIME magazine’s “Next Generation Leaders” for 2016, Woman’s Sports Foundation “SportsWoman of the Year” and USOC’s “Athlete of the Year” for 2015.