Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Awesome Dawesome

by Brittany Geragotelis

photo credit: Dominique Dawes
My good friend Schuman and I both grew up in gymnastics. We trained hardcore as kids; I myself was on my way to the Olympics when I quit. So, it's easy to say that most of our heroes growing up were other Olympic gymnasts. Recently, Schuman posted a video of her gymnastics hero, Svetlana Boginskaya, performing a Perfect-10 routine. It led me to think about my gymnastics crush back in the day: Dominique Dawes.

Or as her fans called her, Awesome Dawesome.

photo credit: Dominique Dawes
For me, Awesome Dawesome was the ultimate pint-sized powerhouse. Watching her tumble was like watching superman soar through the air; she was faster than a speeding bullet. And so powerful in everything she did. Even at such a young age, the things she was able to do were nothing short of incredible.

So, take a trip down memory lane with this video of the Awesome Dawesome in action, back when she was just 14 years old. Enjoy!