Diving

Four diving events were contested, two for men, and two for women. The events are labelled as 3 metre springboard and 10 metre platform by the International Olympic Committee but appeared on the 1948 Official Report as springboard diving and highboard diving, respectively.[26] All four gold medals, and 10 out of 12 awarded in total, were won by the United States. Victoria Manalo Draves, who won both gold medals in the women's events, and Sammy Lee, who took a gold and a bronze in the men's events, became the first Asian Americans to win gold medals at an Olympic Games. At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, four diving events were contested. The competitions were held from Friday July 30, 1948 to Friday August 6, 1948. Victoria "Vicki" Manalo Draves (December 31, 1924 Ц April 11, 2010) was an Olympic diver who won gold medals for the United States in both platform and springboard diving in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.[2] She was born in San Francisco. Victoria Manalo was born to a Filipino father and an English mother. Her parents met and married in San Francisco. She couldn't afford to take swimming lessons until she was 10 years old and took summer swimming lessons from the Red Cross, paying five cents admission to a pool in the Mission district. Manalo met diving coach Phil Patterson, who convinced Draves to try her luck as a diver and she w

s a natural. She graduated from high school in 1942 and took a temporary civil service job in the port surgeon's office to add to the familyТs meager income. With Patterson in the military during World War II, Victoria looked for a diving coach and found her future husband, Lyle Draves, whom she married in 1946. Prior to competing in the 1948 Olympics, Draves won five United States diving championships.[1] Draves turned professional after the Olympics, joining Larry Crosby's "Rhapsody in Swimtime" aquatic show at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1948. She went on to appear in other shows and toured the U.S. and Europe with Buster Crabbe's "Aqua Parade."[2] She was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1969.[1] In October 2006, a two-acre park in San Francisco was named Victoria Manalo Draves Park in her honor. Draves and her husband lived in Palm Springs, California until her death on April 11, 2010,[3] aged 85, from pancreatic cancer aggravated by pneumonia. Her four sons Ч David, Jeffrey, Dale and Kim Ч were never Olympic champions but became trick divers, specializing in cliff takeoffs from 90 to 100 feet. Dr. Samuel ("Sammy") Lee (born August 1, 1920) is the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United States[1] and the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.

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