LIT History: Before Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, there was Dominique Dawes

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| July 14 2016,

10:04 am

The Magnificent Seven.

The U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in 1992.

Watch Dominique perform her floor exercise at the 1996 Olympics.

He then asked Dawes to be in his music video for "Betcha By Golly Wow".

  In 2002, she graduated from the University of Maryland, and in 2006 she appeared in Missy Elliot's "We Run This" video as Missy's gymnastics coach. I am reminded of how I felt watching Dominique Dawes in 1996 whenever I see Gabby and Simone breaking records and making firsts. I'm sure young Latina gymnasts will feel the same way when Laurie Hernandez makes her first Olympic appearance, the first for a U.S. born Latina since 1984. Dominique has expressed how proud she is of Gabby's success at the 2012 London Olympics and the impact that Simone will have on gymnastics in Rio. I already know that this year, 20 years after watching my first Olympic games, I'll have those same warm feelings I had in 1996, watching all the #blackgirlmagic unfold on television. [caption id="attachment_63758" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Photo: giphy Photo: giphy[/caption]

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