Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes Opening Her Own Gymnastics Academy

The sport of gymnastics has been rocked by scandal for several years. Two decades of rampant sexual abuse culminated On November 5, 2018; that’s when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced that it would decertify USA Gymnastics as the national governing body for the sport, at the Olympic level. USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy one month later and many women are still healing from scars of abuse. Gymnastics needs a rebirth and Dominique Dawes is helping to create it. Dawes is one of the most decorated Olympic gold medalists of all time and this Spring she will open the Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy.

The Dawes Gymnastics Academy will introduce youth to the sport of gymnastics in a supportive, healthy environment. While scandal and mistrust cloud today’s gymnastics scene, Dawes is working to change the narrative and expose young people to the sport that gave so much to her. As a 10-year member of the US national gymnastics team, Dawes was known as ‘Awesome Dawesome,’ for her breathtaking artistry and strength. She was the first Black person, of any nationality or gender, to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Having achieved so much, Dawes hopes to cement her legacy through the academy, one that will impact many more young people.

Dawes is a three-time Olympian who grew up in the Sliver Spring area of Montgomery County, MD, along on the northern border of Washington, DC. Dawes will open the Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy in her native Montgomery County in the Spring of 2020. Dawes will open more locations across Montgomery County in the future but the present is worth celebrating: the academy’s class schedule has yet to be released and already, over 100 people have signed up. The early enthusiasm suggests that, despite the sport’s recent troubles, there is still an appetite for gymnastics and Dawes is committed to creating an environment to safely nurture it.

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10 comments
  1. Gerald Davis
    Gerald Davis
    January 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Congrats. I love what you are doing. We see you!!!#BLACKLOVE

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  2. Rashon Jackson
    Rashon Jackson
    January 13, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Congratulations on what you are doing it is needed you are the one to do it again congratulations much love and respect always from your beloved friend and brother and ex gymnast to another

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  3. Sillette S. Sheler
    Sillette S. Sheler
    January 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Hallelujah! I am happy to see you are giving back…I was a gymnast in 1974-1976…I met you in Ames on New Hampshire Avenue and I recognized you and ask you to sign my dollar bill…you did…I gave it away….but I would love to say, you were very kind and I didn’t make a large fuss over who you were…I want you to be able to finish your shopping and not have to leave because of who you are! Hallelujah! I thank Jesus for who you were and who you are today, giving back to others! I pray you open one over in Ward 8 of Washington DC., the girls over their would really benefit from your Gymnastics Gymnasium!

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    • Mary
      Mary
      January 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Congratulations Alright God Is Great! 💕

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  4. Sillette S. Sheler
    Sillette S. Sheler
    January 13, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Hallelujah! I am happy to see you are giving back…I was a gymnast in 1974-1976…I met you in Ames on New Hampshire Avenue and I recognized you and ask you to sign my dollar bill…you did…I gave it away….but I would love to say, you were very kind and I didn’t make a large fuss over who you were…I want you to be able to finish your shopping and not have to leave because of who you are! Hallelujah! I thank Jesus for who you were and who you are today, giving back to others! I pray you open one over in Ward 8 of Washington DC., the girls over their would really benefit from your Gymnastics Gymnasium!
    #Blacksgiveback

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  5. Veryus
    Veryus
    January 13, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    My all time favorite gymnast

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  6. Patricia Cousnard
    Patricia Cousnard
    January 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. HAPPY FOR YOU ALSO PROUD OF YOUR gymnastics work and now of Your DOMINIQUE DAWES. GYMNASTICS ACADEMY. giving back to help others. Again PROUD much Respect of YOU

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  7. Lillie
    Lillie
    January 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations 🎈 and thank you for sharing your blessings! Great success to you!

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  8. Kenya
    Kenya
    January 19, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    You were one of my favorite gymnast so proud of you

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