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Thousands of athletes have graced this campus and led UMD athletics to new for his age and his performance was a great upset to the competition. from University of Maryland (though never a member of UMD Gymnastics) in and is. Dominique Margaux Dawes (born November 20, ) is a retired American artistic gymnast. . It was the first year since that a gymnast had swept the competition. She went on to lead the American team to a silver medal at the World. Member and Faculty Advisor for UMD Student Group. Interaction Design .. Honored at a gymnastics meet as Sarah's Most Valuable Professor.
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Japan dual meet, the year-old Dawes received a standing ovation, after an energetic floor routine in which she revived the back-to-back tumbling revolutionized by Soviet star Oksana Omelianchik. The judges were equally impressed, and gave her a perfect Though she was not part of the World Championship team, Dawes continued to move up on the national and international scene throughout and She also won over the crowd with a solid optional floor exercise routine and, with a mark of 9.
Dawes only competed in the team competition innot breaking through as an all-around gymnast until She is probably best known for her performances at the and World Championships. InDawes led the competition after three events, even beating her more famous teammate Shannon Miller. She made the first vault, but slipped and fell on the second, immediately bursting into tears. With the new rule that both vaults were averaged in all-around competition, her fall dropped her to 4th overall while Miller won the title.
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Stand up and wave". Dawes did so and earned a standing ovation from the crowd. Leading after three events, she again came to vault with a chance of winning the title. This time her mistake came on the first vault where Dawes over-rotated and hurled forward into a somersault.
Her low score dropped her to 5th. Her mistakes continued throughout the event finals and left the championships without winning a single medal. Dawes would finish her year on a positive note, however.
She dominated the National Championships placing first in the all-around and all four event finals at the expense of rival Shannon Miller. It was the first year since that a gymnast had swept the competition. She finished fourth at nationals and was forced to sit out the World Championships that year. At the World ChampionshipsDawes missed out on a medal on the uneven bars but tied Liu Xuan for a bronze medal on the balance beam.
National Championships Dawes sweep all four event finals for the second time in her career making her the only gymnast ever to accomplish this feat twice.
Dawes also finished first at the Olympic trials, earning a berth on the Olympic team at the age of A key member of the team, Dawes performed without serious error and was the only team member to have all eight of her scores count towards the total. Another first, she became the first black woman of any nationality to win an Olympic gold in gymnastics.
Going into the competition, she was considered one of the heavy favorites to medal.
She was ranked sixth overall among all competitors after the team event, and her scores from team optionals were the highest on the American team and the second highest overall.
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