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Dominique Dawes

African-american Olympic Gymnast
Female
Born Nov 20, 1976

Dominique Margaux Dawes is a retired United States artistic gymnast. Known in the gymnastics community as 'Awesome Dawesome,' she was 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 Championships silver medalist and a member of the gold-medal winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Summer Olympics.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1976 Birth Dominique Margaux Dawes was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 20, 1976 to Don and Loretta Dawes. … Read More

TEENAGE

1988 - 1990 3 More Events
1991 14 Years Old Though she was not part of the 1991 World Championship team, Dawes continued to move up on the national and international scene throughout 1991 and 1992. … Read More
1992 15 Years Old Dawes only competed in the team competition in 1992, not breaking through as an all-around gymnast until 1993.
1993 16 Years Old 1 More Event
She is probably best known for her performances at the 1993 and 1994 World Championships.
1994 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Known in the gymnastics community as 'Awesome Dawesome,' she was 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 Championships silver medalist and a member of the gold-medal winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Summer Olympics. … Read More
1995 18 Years Old Dawes struggled through a difficult 1995, riddled by wrist and ankle injuries. … Read More
At the 1996 World Championships, Dawes missed out on a medal on the uneven bars, but tied Liu Xuan for a bronze medal on the balance beam.

TWENTIES

1998 21 Years Old She returned briefly in 1998 to participate in the Goodwill Games, where she placed 19th in the Mixed Pairs event with Chainey Umphrey.
2000 23 Years Old However, she placed 9th all-around at 2000 U.S. Nationals and 7th at the Olympic Trials, and earned a spot on her third Olympic team.
2002 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. … Read More
2004 27 Years Old Dawes served as President of the Women's Sports Federation from 2004–2006; she was the youngest President in the Foundation's history.

THIRTIES

2008 31 Years Old She provided commentary for Yahoo's coverage of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
In team preliminaries at the Sydney Olympics, Dawes posted the second highest score of the American team on uneven bars but the lowest on beam. In the team finals, she performed well on three events and contributed to the team's bronze medal, awarded April 28, 2010 when the International Olympic Committee stripped China of its 2000 team medal for an underage competitor.
2012 35 Years Old Dawes became engaged, in December 2012, to Catholic school teacher Jeff Thompson.
2013 36 Years Old Dawes converted to Catholicism and they married on May 25, 2013.
2014 37 Years Old She is expecting their first child, a daughter, in March 2014.
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