Catching up with Dominique Dawes

In 1996, Dominique Dawes became the first African-American to win an Olympic gymnastics individual event medal. Today, she uses her story to help inspire others. Story

Originally Published: February 22, 2008
By Mary Buckheit | ESPN.com

You remember Dominique Dawes. Even if you know nothing about gymnastics, you probably know the name or can recall the face.

In 1996, at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, the U.S. women won their first gymnastics team gold. The feat was punctuated by Kerri Strug's dramatic one-footed landing on the vault to seal the victory.

Because of that famous injury, Strug, the first qualifier for the individual floor competition, pulled out of the finals for that event, which opened the ...

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