Dominique Dawes Named As Keynote Speaker for the 6th Annual Young Heroes Awards Banquet, May 18, 2005 at the Hotel Roanoke

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Success is a Journey, NOT a Destination
Dominique Dawes won Olympic gold. But, for her, success is so much more than medals and accolades: it’s something she worked hard to achieve everyday en route to Olympic glory. Today she shares her personal and professional philosophy with audiences across the country. Called “D-3” – Determination, Dedication, Desire – it’s what gave her the strength and confidence to handle the professional and personal challenges in her life, to persevere amidst defeat and triumph in victory. In emotionally uplifting presentations, Dawes shows audiences how to use D-3 to reformulate negative situations into positive ones and turn obstacles into victories – all while clearly demonstrating that success is a journey, not a destination.

About Dominique Dawes
The first African-American gymnast to win an individual Olympic medal, Dominique Dawes’ success as a gymnast is proof that dreams come true – through hard work, careful planning and unrelenting commitment.

Taking the Gold, and Moving On: For Dominique Dawes, receiving an Olympic Gold Medal was the culmination of a dream – and just the beginning of the road. Her audiences learn that success is not a destination but an ongoing journey toward ever-greater achievement.

Looking Forward: Not one to rest on her laurels, Dawes maps out her own path to success, explores her personal and professional setbacks, and shows how perseverance led to Olympic Gold and further – to a career as sports commentator, author and high-demand gymnastics instructor.

It’s Personal: Beginning her training at age 6, Dawes was part of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team that won Olympic Gold in Atlanta in 1996. She made history with an individual Bronze for her floor exercise. The personal philosophy that transformed her own life now illuminates the lives of her audiences.  

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