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17 Times Dominique Dawes Was Our Black Shero  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Happy Birthday Dominique Dawes!

Happy Birthday Dominique Dawes!

2. When She Was The Only Black Face In The “Magnificent Seven”

When She Was The Only Black Face In The “Magnificent Seven”

3. Performing This Breathtaking Routine On The Beam

Performing This Breathtaking Routine On The Beam

4. Performing Incredible Flips On The Uneven Bar

Performing Incredible Flips On The Uneven Bar

5. At the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games

At the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games

6. Posing Alongside Her Team

Posing Alongside Her Team

7. When The US Olympic Team Won Gold At The ’96 Olympics

When The US Olympic Team Won Gold At The ’96 Olympics

8. At The Sydney Olympic Games

At The Sydney Olympic Games

9. Practicing Her Balance Beam Routine At Warmup Session For The 2000 US Olympic Team Trials

Practicing Her Balance Beam Routine At Warmup Session For The 2000 US Olympic Team Trials

10. At The Olympic Women’s Compulsory Artistic Team trials at the Fleet Center

At The Olympic Women’s Compulsory Artistic Team trials at the Fleet Center

11. Performing This No Handed Back Walkover On The Balance Beam

Performing This No Handed Back Walkover On The Balance Beam

12. On The Uneven Bars At The USA Gymnastics Nationals at the Louisiana Superdome

On The Uneven Bars At The USA Gymnastics Nationals at the Louisiana Superdome

13. At The Budget Gymnastics Invitational

At The Budget Gymnastics Invitational

14. When She Earned A Spot On The 1996 US Women”s Gymnastics Olympic Team

When She Earned A Spot On The 1996 US Women”s Gymnastics Olympic Team

15. At The 1995 Budget Gymnastics Invitational

At The 1995 Budget Gymnastics Invitational

16. At The US Gymnastics Olympics Trials at the Fleet Center in Boston

At The US Gymnastics Olympics Trials at the Fleet Center in Boston