MUSE: Dominique Dawes – Olympic Gymnast

ELLE CLAY reminded me of the great Dominique Dawes, making mention that I need to do a post about her. “Of course!” I thought, “how could I forget!”. Her perfect bun and wispy bangs had young girls everywhere feeling empowered after she stole the show at the 1996 Olympics. So…in honor of the Olympics and how beautifully it brings the world together (or apart, depending on how you look it) I will post weekly blogs about my most favorite Olympians!

In 1996, Dominique Dawes became the first African American to win an Olympic gymnastics individual event medal. She took the bronze metal at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta while serving as a stand-in for injured teammate Kerri Strug. After she dazzled the crowd and national television with her graceful moves, she was immediately thrust into the fame – inspiring young women everywhere. Here’s to her accomplishments. Although it was 16 years ago, she still deserves celebration!


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