Monday, April 11, 2011
Doninique Dawes Biography
DOB: November 20, 1976
Country Represented: USA
Coach: Kelli Hill
Best Event: Dominique is one of those gymnasts whose numerous medals are actually quite evenly spread across all four events, so I can't say that she has a "best" apparatus. She is known for being very dynamic on all events and fun to watch on floor.
Best Known For: Dominique Dawes has participated in three Olympic games: Barcelona, Atlanta, and Sydney. She is probably best known for her role in the 1996 Magnificent 7 team win at Atlanta. She is also the first African American female gymnast to earn an Olympic medal for an individual event.
Currently: In recent years, Dawes has been pursuing a career in acting and modeling, appearing in multiple music videos ("Betcha by Golly Wow" by Prince, "We Run This" by Missy Elliot). She also served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation from 2004 to 2006.
Interesting Fact: Dawes was a spokesperson for the "Uniquely Me" campaign, started by the Girl Scouts of America to promote self-esteem.