Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas was selected The Associated Press' female athlete of the year for 2012, edging out swimmer Missy Franklin.

''I didn't realize how much of an impact I made,'' said Douglas, 16, the first African-American to win the Olympic all-around title, gymnastics' biggest prize.

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Olympic team and individual gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas announced today that she will be coming out with an "inspirational memoir," People reports.

The book, My Life as a Flying Squirrel, is due out in December.

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