Google Doodle for Vicki Draves: Celebrating the First Asian American Olympic Gold Medalist.
Vicki Manalo Draves was the best individual from the US swimming and jumping group at the 1948 London Olympics, the main American to win two individual gold awards.
She was likewise the principal Asian American lady to be an Olympic champion.
But then for a considerable length of time after her stunning accomplishments in London, Manalo Draves floated into relative obscurity. In all actuality, she was enlisted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969.
In any case, in her old neighborhood of San Francisco, she had gone basically unrecognized and obscure for a lot of her life.
In the primary portion of the twentieth century, when Manalo Draves was growing up, she needed to manage the cognizant and oblivious inclination of the occasions, as she was the child of an English mother and a Filipino dad.
For instance, so as to gain admittance to diving facilities at a swimming club in San Francisco, Vicki Manalo was advised by her mentor to expect her mom’s maiden surname, Taylor, which would make the individuals from the club more agreeable, probably.
As Rodel Rodis wrote in this article for the Inquirer.net, “if she had represented the Philippines when she won her two gold medals, there would have been parks and schools named after her, and monuments of her erected all over the Philippines to celebrate her inspiring victory.”
Manalo Draves really experienced that kind of adulation when she and her better half/mentor, Lyle Draves, visited the Philippines after her gold-medal triumphs in London, as indicated by this Central City article.
They went through a month in both the legislative center of Manila and her dad’s old neighborhood of Orani, Bataan, where she held jumping displays in the day time, and celebrated in the nighttimes.
“It was a wonderful experience. And I dived for the president at the palace swimming pool,” said Vicki Draves.
“But they kept us up every night nighclubbing until 3 or 4 in the morning,” said Lyle Draves.
Today, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) has excluded their twofold gold medalist from South of Market locale (SoMa).
Be that as it may, luckily, before Manalo Draves died in 2010, she was respected by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, which endorsed the naming of a recreation center after the Olympic victor.
On October 27, 2006, a 2-section of land park in the 1000 square of Folsom was named the Victoria Manalo Draves Park.
“I got some breaks, very much so,” said Manalo Draves in this article. “And I’d say to any young people, if they have dreams to follow them, see them all the way through no matter what it takes. And always be fair and kind.”
“My granddad moved to San Francisco in 1903 to run the Japanese-American YMCA for a long time. My dad was born in J-Town in 1929, five years after Vicki Manalo was born. I’d prefer to think they was aware of Vicki Manalo and cheered the adventures of a kindred Asian American from San Francisco, after the injury the West Coast Japanese Americans looked during World War II.”
We all need role models.
Thank you, Vicki Draves, for inspiring individuals wherever to reach high and take the plunge!!!