Olympic Gymnastics Leotard, worn by Dominique Dawes

Description (Brief)
Leotard worn by gymnast Domique Dawes (b. 1976) at the 1996 Summer Olympic games, held in Atlanta, Georgia. At the games she won gold as part of the first place U.S. team. The Maryland native also took home an individual bronze for her performance in the floor exercise, becoming the first African-American woman to medal in her sport.
Dawes was a member of three medal winning Olympic teams. She has been inducted as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Hall of Fame. After her retirement, Dawes began a career as a motivational speaker.
Currently not on view
Object Name
gymnastics leotard
leotard, gymnastics
gymnastics leotard, summer olympics
date made
Physical Description
fabric, spandex (overall material)
fabric, nylon (overall material)
overall: 50 cm x 34 cm; 19 11/16 in x 13 3/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
African American
Olympic Summer Games: Atlanta, 1996
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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