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Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes


11/20/1976, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Birth Name

Dominique Margaux Dawes


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Dominique Dawes is a three time Olympic gymnast, having competed in the '92, '96 and 2000 Olympics. She was a member of the Magnificent Seven who became the first American gymastics team to ever win Olympic gold. In 1994, Dominique achieved the rare feat of sweeping all five…more


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  • Trivia

    • Following the 1996 Olympics, Dominique attended the University of Maryland, majoring in Communications.

    • Dominique was the first African-American gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal.

    • Dominique (along with team mate Betty Okino) became the first African-American gymnasts to ever win an Olympic medal when the team won the bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

    • Dominique was the 1994 U.S. National gymnastics All-Around Champion, and also won the gold medal on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and vault, becoming the first woman to "sweep" all five National Championship gold medals in 25 years!

    • Dominique has an older sister, Danielle, and a younger brother, Don.

    • As of May 2007, Dominique is the President of Women's Sport Foundation.

    • Dominique was voted prom queen at her high school, Gaithersburg High, in 1994.

    • Dominique's favorite TV show is Martin.

    • In 1996-97 Dominique starred in the Broadway production of "Grease" as Patty Simcox.

    • Dominique is one of a handful of women gymnasts in history to compete in three Olympic Games (1992, 1996, & 2000).

    • At the 1996 Olympic Games Dominique competed in the Floor Exercise Event Final in place of Kerri Strug, who had a sprained ankle. She ended up winning the bronze medal, her only individual Olympic medal.

    • Dominique was the 1994 United States National All-Around Champion in gymnastics.

    • Dominique has three Olympic medals: one gold ('96 team) and two bronze ('92 team and '96 floor exercise).

    • Dominique was the oldest member of the 1996 (Age 19) and 2000 (Age 23) US Olympic Women's Gymnastics teams.

    • Dominique's nickname, given to her by her fans, is "Awesome Dawesome".

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