During this Summer Olympic Season . . .
Do you remember when Dominique Dawes caused a lot of excitement, got our attention and made us swell with pride in the USA, the state of Maryland and especially in Silver Spring and Takoma Park!
Dominique Dawes was a member of the 1996 Gold Medal Olympic Team, The Magnificent 7, where she also became the first African-American to win an individual event medal with her bronze on floor. Her coach and teammates called her "Awesome Dawesome."
Dominique was born in 1976 in Silver Spring, Maryland. She grew up in this brick, Colonial Style house, circa early 1940's in Silver Spring, MD 20910. The house sits on the border of Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
She attended Blair High School at the original Old Blair Campus in Silver Spring on Wayne Avenue. Her father, Don Dawes sold this house in the Fall of 2006 for 415,000
Dominique purchased a townhome in the Tivoli Neighborhood of Silver Spring in 1997 and owned that house until she sold it in 2015. She moved to Bethesda Md where she currently resides with her husband and Children. Today, Dominique runs the Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy in Clarksburg, Md.
It was announced recently that a sculpture of Dominique Dawes will be placed at the future Silver Spring Recreation and Aquatic Center, which will also house the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame.