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3X Olympic History Maker Receives Gymnastics Community’s Big Shoutout on Special Day

Published 11/20/2023, 2:45 PM EST

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Gymnastics women of color have made winning strides in recent years. Starting from Simone Biles to Shilese Jones, in the recent World Championships, the world witnessed a graceful podium. Having said so, another Olympian, who’s in a way a pioneer, has made headlines today.

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Dominique Margaux Dawes, the 47-year-old retired artistic gymnast, was more popular as ‘Awesome Dawesome’. Now, why is she a pioneer or a torch-bearer? That’s because she became the first woman of color to have received the Olympic gold medal. Now, the woman who dominated the gymnastic realm once is celebrating her special day today.

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It’s Dawes’ 47th birthday today and the fans couldn’t help but reminisce about her mat dominance. X user, Sebastian Avenue posted, a collage of the Olympian, featuring her in different phases of her career. The 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics was a path-breaking event for the gymnast. She not only clinched her team gold but also came out victorious as a bronze medalist in the floor exercise. Interestingly, her golden team gained more popularity by the name “Magnificent Seven”.

Along with Muriel Grossfeld and Linda Metheny-Mulvihill, Dawes was one of the first gymnasts to pave the way for the future generation of gold medalists. In addition, at the 1996 Summer Olympics, owing to her back-to-back stellar displays, the jury considered all eight of her scores. Later, in the 1996 World Championships, she secured a balance beam bronze, despite missing the uneven bar’s podium.


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Dominique Dawes’ induction

Getting inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame was one of the major milestone achievements for Dawges. In 1986, she became the first African-American to have walked home with a gold. In addition, she also said that when she sees younger gymnasts like Biles making big on the global platform

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As a cherry on top, the 47-year-old is the proud owner of gymnastics academies in Clarksburg and Rockville. In early March, Dawes will receive a life-sized statue, ready to feature in Dawes’ hometown, at the Recreation and Aquatics Center.

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Agnijeeta Majumder


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With a passion for sports and an active lifestyle, I delved into the world of journalism and here I am creating insights on various avenues of the sporting realm. In my school years, I could often be found loitering about with a throw ball in hand or maybe engaging in a tough bout. My active participation in both traditional sports and hiking escapades has considerably shaped my mind and its thoughts.
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