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August, 6, 2012
Victoria Will/AP ImagesDominique Dawes has enjoyed her time in London and is ready for vacation in Italy.Three-time Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes, who won a team gold medal in 1996, is in London as a reporter for Fox Sports. That means she should try to be objective when covering the news.
But she just can't help herself.
"I'm sitting on the edge of my seat. If someone does something spectacular, I applaud, stand up and cheer," said Dawes, 35, who retired from the sport eight years ago. "I know it's something I shouldn't be doing in the media section. I'm working hard not to wear my emotions on my sleeve."
But who can blame four-time Olympic medalist Dawes after she got a chance to watch the U.S. women's gymnastics team win a gold medal and then Gabby Douglas become the first African-American to win gold in the individual all-around competition?
Dawes was made available to Playbook for a short interview as part of Citi's launch of the "Every Step of the Way" Olympic program.
"It's an exciting moment for me. A lot of people don't know the USOC is not government funded and they are always looking for support from sponsors," Dawes said. "Citi stepped up and donated $500,000 to support athletes and their Olympic pursuits. My team is Team Dominique and I'm working with the USOC on the development of a Recovery Center with hot and cold plunge pools. We need hot to relax the muscles and cold is just an ice bath. It's torture. The American girls tweeted out photos of them in the plunge pools!"
What was your reaction to the women's gymnastics team's efforts?
"I was so thrilled for these girls to win the gold medal with their spectacular performances. I'm happy to know that each and every one of them put their egos aside and put the team first. That's how they became victors. It was a great feeling to see the team win, 16 years after my team did so in Atlanta."
June, 4, 2012
AP Photo/Bill KostrounNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be among the celebrities at tonight's charity event.Eli Manning, Drew Brees and Dan Marino are among the celebrities attending Samsung's Hope for Children Gala on Monday night in New York City.
"This night is not about the Giants, Jets, Eagles or any team. We're there to support the cause," said Manning, who has won two Super Bowl rings for the New York Giants. "The stars will be out tonight, all hoping to make a difference."
In the past 11 years, Samsung Electronics America has helped more than 425 schools, community-based foundations and charities throughout the United States raise awareness of and funding for their causes of supporting education, health care and sustainability.
"It's all about creating a better way of living," Manning said. "People are there to make donations, and corporations who paid for tables are helping the cause also."
Other celebrities there include singer John Legend, former football coach Jimmy Johnson, Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and NFL broadcaster Boomer Esiason.
"Investment in young people is going to pay off in the long run," Legend said. "If you put a lot of energy and time into something, you want to put it into something that will bear the fruits later."
May, 7, 2012
ABCHere is the question that Lochte and Torres asked the audience for advice.On Monday’s heroes episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", Olympic swimmers Dara Torres and Ryan Lochte made it up to the fifth question of the trivia game show and used their “Ask The Audience” lifeline. They went with the advice of the studio audience, which unfortunately was wrong.
Torres and Lochte were able to take home $10,000 to benefit the U.S.O.C, whose mission involves training and assistance for U.S. athletes preparing for the Olympics. On Friday’s show, Olympic gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Jonathan Horton won $25,000.
Here's the question that tripped up Torres and Lochte:
If the opening credits of “The Brady Bunch” were a tic-tac-toe board, which of these groupings would make a winning combination?
A: Jan, Alice, Peter
B: Marcia, Alice, Peter
C: Cindy, Alice, Mr. Brady
D: Greg, Alice, Jan
Torres and Lochte asked the audience,who came up with "C". The correct answer was “A.”
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