Dominique Dawes

The first African-American to win an individual gymnastics Olympic medal.
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Dominique was an elite Olympic gymnast who competed and medaled in three consecutive Olympic Games and is the only African-American gymnast to win an Olympic gold medal. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Dominique became the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal, capturing bronze with her floor exercise performance and helping solidify her place in the USOC Hall of Fame.

After years of dedication to gymnastics, this graduate of the University of Maryland, and current student at George Washington University’s Business School, retired to focus on her passion to encourage, educate and motivate others. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, blogger, co-host of Yahoo! News’ Weekend Edition and the Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Dominique works closely with the First Lady and President’s Council to help promote the Let’s Move! initiative, educating children on fitness and nutrition while motivating them to get moving.

Dominique delivers powerful and inspiring messages of leadership, focus, teamwork, and health and wellness. She has the unique ability to empower vast audiences, from corporate executives and small business owners, to women’s groups, universities and youth organizations.

A native of Silver Spring, MD, Dominique is a middle child with one older sister and a younger brother with autism. Her grandmother, Lillian Dawes, was full Native American (part of the Pascatawa tribe).