Born in Maryland on November 20, 1976, Dominique Margaux Dawes started her journey as a gymnast at the age of 6 with Kelli Hill her coach. From there, in 1988, she was the first African American to integrate into the U.S Women’s gymnastics team. She participated in the Olympic Games with them in 1992 and won the Olympic gold in 1996 as well as an individual bronze medal. Dawes won several awards including the 1995 Arch McDonald Award and the 1995 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. She was nominated the 1994 Sportsperson of the Year by USA Gymnastics and was a finalist for the 19994 AAU Sullivan Award, which promotes the USA’s top amateur athlete. She retired from gymnastics after the 2000 Games and became the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation to encourage young people to be active. She also formed part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Active Schools” campaign.