- NAME: Dominique Dawes
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Gymnast
- BIRTH DATE: November 20, 1976 (Age: 37)
- EDUCATION: University of Maryland, College Park
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Silver Spring, Maryland
- Full Name: Dominique Margaux Dawes
- AKA: Dominique Dawes
- Nickname: "Awesome Dawesome"
- Nickname: Dom Dawes
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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In 1996, Dominique Dawes won Olympic gold with the U.S. women's gymnastics team as well as an individual bronze medal—becoming the first African American to win an individual Olympic medal in women's gymnastics.
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Dawes, who entered the USA Gymnastics' Hall of Fame in 2005, has inspired an untold number of girls with her success. But it wasn't until she watched Halle Berry win an Academy Award (Berry was the first African American to win a Best Actress Oscar,
for 2001's Monster's Ball) that Dawes fully realized the power of the example she had set.
Dawes remained involved in gymnastics by providing coverage for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She was able to see Gabby Douglas become the first African American to win an individual gold medal in the all-around competition in 2012, and was thrilled that another generation of girls would be able to look up to Douglas the way others had looked up to her.
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