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Laurie & Simone Become Authors

After winning gold at the Olympics, Final Five members Laurie Hernandez and Olympic All-Around Champion, Simone Biles can now add the title of "author" to their resumes.



Simone's autobiography, "Courage to Soar" will be released Nov. 15, 2016.  In a preview of the book, Simone details her early struggles in elite, starting with the 2011 junior championships where she placed 14th and barely missed making the junior national team.

She recounts her intimidation while competing with prominent juniors like Lexie Priessman, Amelia Hundley, Katelyn Ohashi, with whom she would compete with at the 2013 American Cup. She describes choking back tears while watching the National team announcements:

"Tears were bubbling up inside me, but I refused to let the other girls or the coaches see me cry. I kept telling myself I’d done my best, trying to drown out the little voice in my head that whispered, But did you really? Couldn’t you have worked a little harder? Why didn’t you do more? The truth is that my heart was breaking. I had come to Nationals with a goal of making the 2011 team, and it didn’t happen. I simply hadn’t been good enough. That’s how my journey as an elite gymnast began—with a defeat that put an ache in my heart and doubts in my mind."

You can read the rest of the preview here.

Laurie announced today via her Instagram account, her first book, titled "I Got This: To Gold and Beyond" is being published by Harper Collins and will be released January 24, 2017.





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