Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas writes in a new book about how her faith in God and the support of her family helped her stick with gymnastics when she felt like quitting.

“Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith,” published by Zondervan, tells the story of Douglas, 16, who became the first black gymnast to win the all-around competition when she took gold this summer in London.

In an interview with Religion News Service, Douglas talked about the role her Christian faith plays in her life.

“I don’t know where I would be without it today,” Douglas said. “I’ve always been praying for everything. And my mom always exposed me and my siblings to being a Christian and the Bible. I was watching back and looking at the [London] Olympics and my mouth is moving — and that’s me praying.”

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