Black Excellence in Gymnastics: Dominique Dawes

With one of the longest careers in USAG history, it’s no surprise that Dominique Dawes is one of the most decorated US gymnasts to ever compete. She medaled at every US Nationals from her senior debut in 1991 through 1996, including an historic sweep of all five golds awarded at the event in 1994. Internationally, she represented the US at four World Championships, medaling at three of them, and at three Olympic games- 1992, 1996 and 2000, resulting in three team medals (bronze, gold, bronze) and an individual floor bronze. Her gymnastics is memorable for its creativity and energy, with such skills as back-to-back connected tumbling passes and a sky-high Hindorff wowing audiences worldwide.