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Dominique Dawes


2000 Olympian
1996 Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist (Team & Floor)
1996 Individual Event World Championships Bronze Medalist (Beam) and Finalist (Bars)
1994 Team World Championships Silver Medalist
1994 National Champion (all-around and four events)
1994 World Championships Event Finalist
1993 World Championships Silver Medalist (Bars & Beam)
1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist
1992 National Uneven Bars Champion
1992 World Championships Team Member

Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
Birth Date/Place: November 20, 1976/Silver Spring, Md.
Club: Hill's Gymnastics
Coach: Kelli Hill
School: University of Maryland
Years on Senior National Team: 10 (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2000-2001)
Began Gymnastics: 1983
Favorite Apparatus/Event: All
Hobbies: Cooking, going to movies, singing, acting



Dawes returned to gymnastics in April of 2000 in an attempt to make her third Olympic Team with longtime coach Kelli Hill.

After the 1996 Olympics, Dawes decided to attend the University of Maryland. She is also pursuing a career in acting, modeling and television production. She has appeared in theBroadway hit Grease, in the Disney television show "The Jersey" and in Princ's music video entitled "Betcha By Golly Wow."

Dawes was a member of the 1996 Gold Medal Olympic Team where she also became the first African-American to win an individual event medal with her bronze on floor. She and her teammates appeared on the Wheaties cereal box and have also appeared on numerous television shows since their gold medal win. Dawes has appeared in the Broadway hit Grease and in Prince's music video entitled "Betcha By Golly Wow." She's also trying her hand at acting and modeling.

Dawes won the 1996 Olympic Trials and all four events at the 1996 Coca-Cola National Championships. A 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist and a four-time World Championships medalist, she has won more national championships since 1963 (15) than any other athlete, male of female. She swept the 1994 Coca-Cola National Championships, winning the all-around and all four event titles, the first gymnast to accomplish this feat since Joyce Tanac Schroeder won the all-around and all four events at the 1969 AAU National Championships. Dawes won the 1995 Arch McDonald Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C. She also won the 1995 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, presented annually to two outstanding athletes who have demonstrated good citizenship. She was named 1994 Sportsperson of the Year by USA Gymnastics and was a finalist for the 1994 AAU Sullivan Award which recognizes the USA's top amateur athlete. Her coach and teammates call her "Awesome Dawesome."


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updated: 09-November-00



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