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Highlights: Dominique Dawes competed in three Olympics, winning four medals including gold at the 1996 Summer Games as a member of the "Magnificent Seven" gymnastics team.

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Dominique Dawes won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the United States squad known as the “Magnificent Seven” featuring Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Dominique Moceanu, Shannon Miller, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps. In so doing, Dawes became the first African-American woman to win an individual medal in the Olympic artistic gymnastics competition. Dawes also won a bronze medal in the floor routine at the 1996 Games as well as two additional bronze medals in the team all-around at the 1992 and 2000 Summer Games. She is one of just a trio of female gymnasts in Olympics history to be a member of three medal-winning teams.

In addition to her success in the Olympics, Dawes also medaled four times at the World Championships and captured 15 national championships. She received numerous honors over the course of her career, including induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1998), USA Olympic Hall of Fame (2008), International Gymnastics Hall of Fame (2009) and Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame (2019). She was also the recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Award (1995) and AAUW Women of Distinction Award (2004) was named by USA Gymnastics as its Sportsperson of the Year in 1995.

After retiring from competition, Dawes remained active in various projects and by supporting numerous causes. She was named by President Barack Obama in 2010 along with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to serve as co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She was also a member of the advisory board of a Sesame Workshop program called “Healthy Habits for Life” and served as spokesperson of the Girl Scouts “Uniquely Me” campaign aimed to promote self-esteem. Additionally, Dawes made an appearance in the Prince music video “Betcha By Golly Wow!” and the Broadway musical “Grease”. On the broadcast front, she worked for Yahoo! Sports as part of their coverage of the 2008 and 2010 Olympics, for Fox Sports at the 2012 Olympics and for Good Morning America at the 2016 Olympics. Dawes was born on November 20, 1976 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes Speaks With USA Today About Life Lessons And Growing Up in Gymnastics

USA TODAY – Olympic gold medal winner Dominique Dawes spoke with USA Today in a March 16, 2016 article By Cam Smith, where she discussed sports life lessons and growing up in gymnastics. Source: USA Today The article focused on high school sports and how sports are important for girls today. ... read more

Photo shows Dominique Dawes, three time olympian, 10 year member of the U.S. National Gymnastic Team and Magnificent Seven member, speaking with Tricia Whitaker in a 2011 exclusive interview about her career from a young age
Dominique Dawes Gives Keynote Speech About Enpowerment to Young Girls at Toyota Young Women Lead Conference

ASHLAND, KY. — Former Olympian and motivational speaker, Dominique Dawes, was the keynote speaker at the Young Women LEAD Conference held at Ashland Community and Technical College, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The event was hosted by Toyota in partnership with SOAR, a leadership program for women. ... read more