By: Ms. K
Did you know that Dominique Dawes was the first African American women to win an individual Olympic medal in gymnastics?
Dominique Dawes was born November 20, 1976, in Silver Spring, Maryland. She started gymnastics at the tender age of 6. When she was 9 years old she wrote the world “Determination” in crayon on the mirror to prepare her for competitions. In 1988 she became the first to make the national women’s team. At the National Champions in 1994 she won all around gold for her individual events, that was not done since 1969.