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20 things you never knew about the Magnificent Seven

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1. Together, they’ve won 10 Olympic medals: three team medals from 1992 (bronze), 1996 (gold), and 2000 (bronze), plus seven individual medals: Miller’s five, and one each for Chow and Dawes.

2. Before the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials in San Jose on Saturday, July 9, the last time all seven were together was in 2008 at the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction in Chicago.


3. A few days after winning gold, Jaycie Phelps and Amanda Borden disguised their faces with baseball hats and sunglasses so they could visit the Olympic Park in Atlanta without anyone recognizing them.


4. Unlike the Fierce Five, they had no input into the “Magnificent Seven” nickname. “I believe it was an agent or someone who coined that nickname,” Dawes said.

5. When Dominique Moceanu met the 1996 incarnation of the “Dream Team” basketball players, Shaquille O’Neal picked her up and held her horizontally above his head like he was weightlifting her.

6. According to Sports Illustrated, 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu had never tried a brownie before the 1996 Olympics, but found some in the kitchen of the house where the Magnificent Seven lived during the Games. 


7. In 1997, Dominique Dawes joined the cast of “Grease!” on Broadway, playing cheerleader Patty Simcox. Joe Piscopo was also in the cast. 

8. Dawes and Chow were the last U.S. female gymnasts to make multiple Olympic teams before Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas were named to the 2016 Olympic team. Dawes and Chow finished fourth in the team competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but the U.S. women were upgraded to bronze medals because the Chinese team that finished ahead of them was eventually disqualified for using underage athletes. 

9. Miller competed at the 2000 Olympic Trials but wasn’t selected for the team. Instead, she began her broadcasting career, working for MSNBC at the Sydney Olympics. 

10. Kerri Strug’s post-Atlanta education included two years at UCLA, completing her bachelor's and earning a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford, and studying abroad with the Semester at Sea program in Fall 2000. One of the boat’s stops was Cuba, where Strug saw Fidel Castro speak. 

11. Strug and Chow were in the same statistics class at Stanford in 2001. Chow got both her undergrad and medical degrees from Stanford and is a practicing pediatrician in Dublin, California, a town in the Bay Area. 

12. Three of the Magnificent Seven have published memoirs: Shannon Miller’s “It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life,” Dominique Moceanu’s “Off Balance,” and Kerri Strug’s “Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams.”

13. Dominique Moceanu started a jewelry line called Creations by C&C in 2014. She and her partner collaborate with customers to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Each piece comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Moceanu. 

14. Two became full-time gymnastics coaches and own their own gyms: Amanda Borden’s Gold Medal Gymnastics has two locations in Arizona and the Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center is located in Greenfield, Indiana.


15. They have 11 children between the six of them: the oldest is Borden's 9-year-old daughter Kennedy and the youngest is Dawes' 9-month-old daughter Quinn.


16. Both Shannon Miller and Dominique Dawes bring their children to “Mommy and Me” gymnastics classes. “I hate to say it, but she almost is coming off as a natural,” Dawes says of her two and a half-year-old daughter. Miller said when she first started taking her toddler to gymnastics classes, “the coaches were a little bit intimidated until I said, if you’ve got elites on beam I can help you out, if not, I don’t know what to do with an 18-month-old in the gym.”


17. Borden, the captain of the Magnificent Seven, sends her teammates a text every year on July 23rd, the anniversary of their win, that says “Good job ladies!”

18. When they get together, the last thing they talk about is gymnastics. “We talk about everything but the Olympics,” Dawes said after Trials. “We kind of remember the journey, we remember the stories, but I want to know how Shannon’s older son is doing, how’s Amanda’s daughter who’s now a gymnast, is she anything like Amanda was?... Gymnastics is usually pretty low on the totem pole of conversations that we all have.”

19. When they reunited in July, Dawes shared that the seven women “even talked about vacationing together so hopefully we make that happen.”

20. Miller says that she didn’t hold on to most of her Olympic memorabilia. “A lot of my memorabilia is now on display at different museums,” she said, “so that’s nice, instead of sitting in my closet or something it’s on display where people can enjoy it. But one of the things I do have is my scrunchie! I will never let go of my scrunchie!”


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