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Dominique "Awesome Dawesome" Dawes

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    The love for what i was doing ... passion for gymnastics, competing and pleasing the crowd. Able to last 18 years in the sport because I loved what i was
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      "The love for what i was doing
      ... passion for gymnastics,
      competing and pleasing the crowd.
      Able to last 18 years in the sport
      because I loved what i was doing."

      -- Dominique Dawes on what kept her motivated.



      DOMINIQUE DAWES

      by Claudia Hudson



      Dominique Dawes

      An outstanding athlete and
      world-class competitor,
      Dominique Margaux Dawes ...
      has broken both athletic
      records and racial barriers as
      a renowned Olympic gymnast.

      Known for her spirited
      and explosive tumbling,
      "Awesome Dawesome,"
      as she is lovingly referred
      to, became an international
      force to be reckoned
      with by her early teens.

      Born November 20, 1976,
      Dawes ... became involved
      in gynmastics at the age of 6.




      By 15 she had become an Olympic athlete,
      representing the United States in the 1992
      Barcelona Olympics alongside Betty Okino.


      Together, they became the first "
      black"
      females to win an Olympic gymnastics medal.

      In 1994 she dominated the Coca-Cola National Championships,
      winning the 4 event titles and the all-around; the first gymnast
      to do so since Joyce Tanac Shroeder in 1969.

      1994 and 1995 were particularly spectacular years for Dawes,
      throughout which she received a slew of accolades including the
      title of Sportsperson of the Year from USA Gymnastics in 1994.

       
      Two years later in 1996 Dawes returned to the Olympics
      as part of the team coined the
      "Magnificent 7."

      She and the team took home Olympic gold, the first-ever
      team gold medal for the United States in gymnastics.

      Her floor exercise earned her an individual bronze medal as well
      and in doing so, Dawes became the first
      African-American  
      to win an individual event medal in gymnastics.

      Afterwards, along with the rest of the "Magnificent 7," Dawes
      appeared on the coveted cover of the Wheaties cereal box.

      Exuding her "awesomeness" both on and off the mats, Dawes, an
      honor roll high school student, decided to pursue her education,
      and following the 1996 Olympics she enrolled at the University of
      Maryland, obtaining her BA degree in Communications in 2002.

      She also began pursuing a career in the arts – working in acting,
      and also dabbling in television production, and modeling.

      She appeared in Broadway's hit musical,
      `Grease', as well as in Disney Television ... .

      She simultaneously continued to train and in 2000, was once again
      selected for the US Olympic team which finished fourth in Sydney.

      Likewise, with her three-time participation, Dawes holds the
      record of any female US gymnast for most trips to the Olympics.


      Dominique Dawes
      "Awesome Dawesome" continues to live up to her nickname by
      giving back to the community.

      Since 2005 Dawes has
      been giving private lessons
      at her home gym.

      She serves on the advisory board
      for
      Sesame Workshop's "Healthy
      Habits for Life,"
      an initiative to
      help young children and their
      caregivers establish an early
      foundation of healthy habits.

      She also served as the national
      spokesperson for
      "uniquely ME!"
      The Girl Scout/Unilever Self-
      Esteem program
      , where she
      offered tips for girls and shared
      about her personal experiences
      with issues of self-esteem.

      She currently serves as the President of the
      Women's Sports
      Foundation
      , a 'charitable educational organization dedicated
      to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and
      physical activity,' alongside other outstanding female athletes.


      SOURCE:
      http://myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=Dominique_Dawes

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