VICTORIA MANALO DRAVES / by Molly Schiot

Asian American Draves took home the first gold medals awarded to women in platform and springboard diving at the 1948 Olympics.  Born to a Filipino father and English mother, Draves' first coach segregated her from other divers at her swimming club, owing to her Filipino last name.  She was instructed to change her last name to her mother's maiden name in order to compete.  Along with fellow athlete Sammy Lee, Draves became the first divers of Asian descent to win Olympic gold.  Following the Olympics, she toured internationally in water show and later operated a diving training program with her husband in California.  Draves was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969.

Asian American Draves took home the first gold medals awarded to women in platform and springboard diving at the 1948 Olympics.  Born to a Filipino father and English mother, Draves' first coach segregated her from other divers at her swimming club, owing to her Filipino last name.  She was instructed to change her last name to her mother's maiden name in order to compete.  Along with fellow athlete Sammy Lee, Draves became the first divers of Asian descent to win Olympic gold.  Following the Olympics, she toured internationally in water show and later operated a diving training program with her husband in California.  Draves was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969.