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That’s where setting a positive example for her two kids comes in.

RELATED: 17 Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time for Exercise Though Dawes, 39, hung up her leotard more than two decades ago, she didn’t ditch the life lessons she picked up on her way to the podium.

It’s October 1996, and Magnificent Seven gymnast Dominique Dawes‘ Orlando hotel room phone rings. Dawes, then three months separated from winning Olympic team gold at the Atlanta Games, jumped at the opportunity.

She picks up and listens to a deep, raspy voice on the other end. She had heard days before the call that Prince was interested in having her in a video.

“It was a surreal experience for a 19-year-old,” she said.

Able to last 18 years in the sport because I loved what i was doing." -- Dominique Dawes on what kept her motivated.Born November 20, 1976, Dawes showed a natural athletic ability, and became involved in gymastics at the age of 6.By 15 she had become an Olympic athlete, representing the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics alongside Betty Okino, another African-American gymnast.“Someone that claimed to be Prince,” Dawes remembers. So when news broke Thursday that Prince died at age 57, Dawes immediately thought of that phone call in 1996. “That actually was Prince,” Dawes’ agent says, “so you might want to chat with him.” Prince was calling to ask Dawes to perform in one of his music videos. “He did say he’s a big fan, impressed with my gymnastics, something along those lines,” Dawes, now a mother of two, said in a phone interview Thursday.