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President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Dominique Dawes


Three-Time Olympic Gymnast

PCFSN Council Co-Chair - Dominique Dawes

Dominique Dawes, co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is a three-time Olympic gymnast who has earned a permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. She is most recognized as a member of the gold-medal-winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where she also won a bronze medal and became the first female African-American gymnast to win an individual medal. She also earned a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the 1992 Barcelona Games and made a surprising and awe-inspiring comeback in the 2000 Sydney Games. Throughout her career, she has won more National Championships than any other athlete, since 1963, as well as numerous World Championship medals. After retiring from the sport, she became a gymnastics coach and travels the world as a motivational speaker focusing on passion, leadership, teamwork, health, fitness, and wellness.

Full Bio
  • Three-time Olympic gymnast.
  • Earned permanent place in the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
  • Gymnastics coach and world-wide motivational speaker.

Fun Facts

  • icon of the nickname Dom and AwesomeMy nicknames are "Dom" and "Awesome Dawesome".
  • icon of glass of sweet teaMy splurge is sweet tea.
  • icon of a theatrical facesI played Patty in the Broadway production of Grease!
  • icon of a knitting needlesI'm learning to knit.