March 30, 2008
One-by-one, Dominique Dawes straightened the young gymnasts as they struck a pose on the balance beam. "Stomach in. Hips are squared. The body is lean and tight," she told 9-year-old Christina Riggins, who was striking a graceful pose on the balance beam with her arms outstretched and forming a V. Christina quickly adjusted her position, her face tensed with concentration. Once the girls struck their positions on the 4-inch wide beam, Dawes pushed them. Christina teetered for a moment, then slipped off the beam.
October 27, 2001
A hush fell over the packed room at City Hall as Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley made the long-anticipated announcement of finalist cities to be host to the 2012 Summer Olympics. "I'm excited to report that one of the finalists is ... San Francisco," the mayor said yesterday, just minutes after getting word from the U.S. Olympic Committee that the eight candidates had been narrowed to four. But the silence was broken by cheers, applause and high-fives from government officials, athletes and Olympic bid committee members when O'Malley announced the last of four finalists - "the greatest bid of all - the Baltimore-Washington region.
September 16, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - Dominique Dawes has played Broadway, starred in a Prince video and been to college. She has a boyfriend, owns a home and gives motivational speeches to business leaders. And in a sport still dominated by sprite-like teen tumblers, she's something of an old-timer at 23. Somehow, some way, she has made it back, all the way back, to her third Olympics, where she is out to help the U.S. women's gymnastics team win a medal. "Yes, I'm more mature and experienced, but I still get the jitters and nerves," she said.
August 21, 2000
BOSTON - Columbia gymnast Elise Ray had just accepted the crystal trophy and the bouquet of flowers that came with her place on the newly selected U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team when national team coordinator Bela Karolyi unexpectedly handed her something a little heavier. The mantle of leadership. The six-woman team that emerged from the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Team Trials at Boston's FleetCenter includes two Olympic veterans - Amy Chow and Silver Spring's Dominique Dawes - but Karolyi didn't hesitate when he was asked who might fill an apparent leadership gap. He chose an 18-year-old with great competitive credentials and no Olympic experience.
August 16, 2000
GAITHERSBURG - The first thing you notice is that they don't notice. A strain of "Swan Lake" collides mid-air with a Latin samba and Pink Floyd's "Money." But the female gymnasts who are Maryland's Olympic hopefuls seem to hear only the bars that measure out the rhythms of their particular routines. Hill's Gym is 22,000 square feet, with approximately 40-foot ceilings, but during a recent practice, it is filled with activity. At the ballet barre, a small group of students practices footwork.
May 10, 1997
Today:Hot-Air Balloon Competition (6: 30 a.m.-8 a.m.): Balloon competition and liftoff from Druid Hill Park (Exit 7 off I-83 near the Baltimore Zoo). Free.FILA 5K Preakness Run (post time: 8 a.m.): The fourth-annual event starts at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. Call 410-377-8882 for a race application. Entry fees $15 in advance and $20 on race day.The Baltimore Sun Preakness Parade (10 a.m.-noon): This year's lineup includes U.S. Olympic gold medalists Dominique Dawes (gymnastics) and Beth Botsford (swimming)