MN Daily Salute: Black Female Athletes
Dominique Dawes is a retired 10-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team, a three-time Olympian, a World Championships silver medalist, a member of the gold-medal winning “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and the 1994 U.S. all-around senior National Champion. Dawes achieved a number of first during her career. She was the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, and the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. She is also one of only three female American gymnasts to compete in three Olympics and is the first female gymnast to be a part of three Olympic medal winning teams since Lyudmila Turischeva won gold in Mexico City (1968), Munich (1972), and Montreal (1976). Only one other gymnast has accomplished this feat since Dawes.