Olympian Dawes to vistit UCCS

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 17, 2008

Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes will attend a "meet and greet" with University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student-athletes at 2:45 p.m. Friday at Mountain Lion Stadium.

The meet and greet will take place between the two UCCS soccer matches scheduled for that day. The Mountain Lion men will play at 1 p.m., while the women's team is scheduled for 3 p.m. Both UCCS teams are playing Metro State.

The event is a part of a larger visit to UCCS for Dawes. She will also give a presentation at a breakfast hosted by the School of Public Affairs, followed by another title "Be your Own Boss" given to Lisa McNew's class at 10:50. Dawes' busy schedule will also have her visiting Liberty High School, having lunch with student leaders and enjoying a campus tour conducted by chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak.

Dawes was the first African-American to medal in an individual event in gymnastics, winning the bronze in the floor competition in 1996 in Atlanta. She also won gold as a member of the USA's "Magnificent Seven" at those same games.

Dawes, 31, is now an accomplished motivational speaker, broadcaster, national spokeswoman, Broadway performer, part-time coach and gymnastics clinician who also conducts self-esteem and fitness workshops.

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