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  • Faith: Faiths
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  November 20, 1976
  • Accomplishments:  The Olympics
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Dominique currently serves under President Obama

You would have never known a low self-esteem was burgeoning for this Olympic gold-winning gymnast. Dominique Dawes was a champ, an icon, the first African American women to win an individual medal in gymnastics. After the lights were dimmed, Dawes wrestled with her value, but found hope. This was a prize that had more substance than any cover of a magazine and a plethora of medals - You would have never known a low self-esteem was burgeoning for this Olympic gold-winning gymnast. Dominique Dawes was a champ, an icon, the first African American women to win an individual medal in gymnastics. After the lights were dimmed, Dawes wrestled with her value, but found hope. This was a prize that had more substance than any cover of a magazine and a plethora of medals--Jesus Christ was still her foundation. Dawes talks candidly about her struggles throughout her career with the hopes of inspiring a new generation of young women in her book Heart of a Champion. The co-chair of President Obama’s Councils on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, said that she doesn’t need to wear a leotard to influence others to greatness. Jesus Christ was still her foundation. The co-chair of President Obama’s Councils on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, said that she doesn’t need to wear a leotard to influence others to greatness.

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