5. Dominique Dawes, gymnastics
The Silver Spring product became the first in her sport to medal in three consecutive Olympic games and was a member of the beloved “Magnificent Seven” gymnastics team that won the gold in Atlanta in 1996. She was the only team member to have all eight of her scores count towards the total as she became the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.
In addition to her 1996 gold medal in the team competition, Dawes took the bronze in the floor competition that same year and earned bronze medals in the 1992 team and 2000 team competitions in Barcelona and Sydney respectively. “Awesome Dawesome” also won three silver medals and a bronze in world championship competition.
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