Sammy Lee

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Birthday
1, 1920
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Dec 2, 2016 (96)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
1, 1920
Birthplace
California
Death Date
Dec 2, 2016 (96)

About

Olympic diver who was the first Asian-American Olympic gold medalist in history, winning in 1948 in London.

Before Fame

He earned an M.D. from the University of Southern California in 1947.

Trivia

He took home a 10 m platform gold medal at the 1948 London games and the 1952 Helsinki games.

Family Life

He fathered two children, Pamela and Sammy II, with his longtime wife Roz.

Associated With

His distinction as the first Asian American to win a gold medal at the Olympics would be remembered in 2012 when Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to win the individual all-arounds.