According tomedia CNET, it is never easy to become a champion athlete. Long training can be hard, but sometimes the biggest obstacle is not physical, not even inner. One obstacle for Olympic diver Vicki Draves is that she overcomes the racism and prejudice spent against Asians during World War II, even though she was born Filipino-American in San Francisco. But she persevered and became the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Google celebrated the 72nd anniversary of Draves winning gold in the 300m springboard at the 1948 London Olympics on Monday with Doodle. She also won a gold medal in the jump at the same Olympic Games.
Draves was born on December 31, 1924, in Victoria Manalo, south of the San Francisco Market District. She had no money for swimming lessons until she was 10 years old and spent five cents to get into the Red Cross in the city’s mission area.
“It doesn’t matter that Draves is half Filipino (not Japanese) and a competitor to the Olympic team. If she is allowed to practice in the public pool, they will often release the pool after she has completed her training. Her family told Google.
At the age of 17, she was told that if she wanted to compete, she needed to use her mother’s last name, Taylor, and she reluctantly did so. In 1946, she took the surname of her husband Lyle Draves. He was an electrical engineer who guided her to five U.S. championships between 1946 and 1948.
After the Olympics, Draves turned professional and appeared on the international tour’s water show. She and her husband also run a swimming and diving program in California.
In 1969, Draves was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2006, a two-acre park named Victoria Manalo Draves Park, named after her, was located on the south of San Francisco’s market district, just a few blocks from where she was born and raised.
Draves died in 2010 at the age of 85.