Dominique Dawes, along with Shannon Miller, was one of the elder statesman on the 1996 Olympic gymnastics team. You know, the Magnificent 7, the last Olympic team from the United States to win gold in the team competition. In addition to that, Dawes was also a part of the USA’s 1992 and 2000 Olympic bronze medal teams. She also won an individual bronze medal in the floor exercise in ’96, becoming the first African American to win an individual event medal in gymnastics.
Last night, with Gabby Douglas on her way to tape-delayed glory as the first African-American in Olympic history to win the individual all-around gold medal, NBC showed Dominique Dawes. The Internet was understandably all, like, “woah.” When was the last time we saw Dominique Dawes? She will turn 36 in November and currently works in media, does motivational speaking and coaches gymnastics.