Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes
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Personal information
Full nameDominique Margaux Dawes
Nickname(s)Awesome Dawesome[1]
Country represented United States
Born (1976-11-20) November 20, 1976 (age 44)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Height5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International
Years on national team10 (1989–1998; 2000)
ClubHill's Angels
Former coach(es)Kelli Hill
RetiredSeptember 19, 2000
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's artistic gymnastics
Olympic Games
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Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Team
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Floor
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1993 Birmingham Balance Beam
Silver medal – second place 1993 Birmingham Uneven Bars
Silver medal – second place 1994 Dortmund Team
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Puerto Rico Balance Beam
National Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Cincinnati Floor
Gold medal – first place 1992 Columbus Uneven Bars
Gold medal – first place 1993 Salt Lake City Vault
Gold medal – first place 1993 Salt Lake City Balance Beam
Gold medal – first place 1994 Nashville All-Around
Gold medal – first place 1994 Nashville Vault
Gold medal – first place 1994 Nashville Uneven Bars
Gold medal – first place 1994 Nashville Balance Beam
Gold medal – first place 1994 Nashville Floor
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Orleans Uneven Bars
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Orleans Floor
Gold medal – first place 1996 Knoxville Vault
Gold medal – first place 1996 Knoxville Uneven Bars
Gold medal – first place 1996 Knoxville Balance Beam
Gold medal – first place 1996 Knoxville Floor
Silver medal – second place 1993 Salt Lake City All-Around
Silver medal – second place 1993 Salt Lake City Floor
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Salt Lake City Uneven Bars
Bronze medal – third place 1995 New Orleans Balance Beam
Co-Chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Assumed office
2010
Serving with Drew Brees
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byJohn Burke[2]
Personal details
OccupationGymnast, Actress, Singer
WebsiteDominiqueDawes.com

Dominique Margaux Dawes (born November 20, 1976) is a retired American artistic gymnast. Known in the gymnastics community as 'Awesome Dawesome,' she was a 10-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team, the 1994 U.S. all-around senior National Champion, a three-time Olympian, a World Championship silver and bronze medalist, and a member of the gold-medal-winning "Magnificent Seven" team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Dawes is also notable as being the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, and the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic-gold-medal in gymnastics.[3] She is also one of only three female American gymnasts, along with Muriel Grossfeld and Linda Metheny-Mulvihill, to compete in three Olympics and was part of their medal-winning teams: Barcelona 1992 (bronze), Atlanta 1996 (gold), and Sydney 2000 (bronze). She is also the Olympic bronze medalist on floor exercise from the Atlanta games. Dawes is the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic-medal-winning teams since Ludmilla Tourischeva won gold in Mexico City (1968), Munich (1972), and Montreal (1976). Since Dawes, Svetlana Khorkina is the only gymnast to accomplish this feat, winning silver in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000), and bronze in Athens (2004).

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  2. ^ "Appointments to President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports" (Press release). White House. June 20, 2002.
  3. ^ Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 126. Gale Cengage Learning. 2015. pp. 48–51. ISBN 978-1-57302-425-9.