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Vicki Draves (31 December 1924 – 11 April 2010) was a Filipino American competitive diver who won gold medals in both platform and springboard diving at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
Life and Career
Victoria Manalo Draves, known as Vicki Draves, was a pioneering Filipino American diver who made significant strides in the world of diving during a time when racial and gender biases were prevalent. Her life story is one of resilience, talent, and breaking barriers. Born on December 31, 1924, in San Francisco, California, Vicki Draves faced racial discrimination as a Filipino-American growing up. However, she showed immense talent in diving from an early age. Despite facing financial challenges, she pursued her passion and became a competitive diver.
Vicki Draves’s breakthrough came in the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London. She made history by becoming the first woman of Asian-American descent to win an Olympic gold medal. Notably, she won gold in both the three-meter springboard and the ten-meter platform diving events, showcasing her exceptional skills and dedication.
Vicki Draves passed away on April 11, 2010, in Palm Springs, California. She left behind a legacy that extended far beyond her Olympic victories.
Award and Legacy
Vicki Draves made history at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London by becoming the first woman of Asian-American descent to win two gold medals in diving. She won gold in both the three-meter springboard and the ten-meter platform events.
Vicki Draves’s legacy extends beyond her athletic achievements. Her courage, determination, and resilience in the face of adversity have left an indelible mark on sports history. She stands as a symbol of empowerment, representation, and the capacity for individuals to overcome barriers and achieve greatness. Her story serves as a reminder that every individual has the potential to make a significant and lasting impact on the world.
On 3 August 2020, Google celebrated Vicki Draves with a doodle.