Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sammy Lee- a great Asian sports star

Sammy Lee was among the first to embrace and excel in both academics and athletics. Though today he lacks the name recognition of Jackie Robinson or Roberto Clemente, pioneers for African American and Latino athletes, respectively, Lee is their Asian equivalent -- and then some. A year after earning his medical degree, he became the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal, finishing first on the 10-meter diving platform at the 1948 London Games and again at the 1952 Helsinki Games. Already a veteran of World War II, Lee served another tour of duty in Korea in 1953, where he learned he had won the James E. Sullivan Award as America's top amateur athlete.

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