First Asian-American to win an Olympic medal was half Pinoy

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 27, 2016 03:06 PM
First Asian-American to win an Olympic medal was half Pinoy
FILE - Victoria "Vicki" Manalo Draves is the first woman to win two gold medals in diving while playing in the same Olympics (Courtesy of the Associated Press)

The quest for the Philippines' first Olympic gold medal is still on but did you know that Filipino athletes have been winning since 1948?

Victoria "Vicki" Manalo Draves is the first woman to win two gold medals in diving while competing in the same Olympics. She is the first Asian-American to win an Olympic medal.

She's also half-Filipino.

Born to a Filipino father and an English mother, Draves won the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform dives during the 1948 Olympics in London.

"She was such a beautiful, graceful diver," Dr. Sammy Lee, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in diving as well, said per Dennis McLellan of the Los Angeles Times.

After winning at the 1948 London Games, Draves and her husband visited the Philippines for close to a month where she stayed at the Malacanang Palace and performed platform diving exhibitions at the Rizal Stadium.

She also got to visit her father's relatives in Orani, Bataan.

Draves went on to open a swimming and diving school before working as a secretary in her later years.

She was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969.

Draves died of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2010 at the age of 85.

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