SAMMY LEE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1990 - HFSID 222067
Sale Price $108.00
He signs a lengthy typed letter discussing his first gold medal, and other Olympic divers.
Typed Letter signed: "Sammy Lee M.D.", 1 page, 8½x11. Huntington Beach, California, 1990 January 16. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Stanhope". In full: "Happy New Year and may the 90s be the best decade of your life! In answer to your question as to which diving award meant the most to me I would have to say winning my 1st gold medal in high diving at the 1948 London Olympic Games. It was significant to me because 1) 1st American-born Asian (Korean) to win a gold medal for his country, the U.S.A., and 2) the 1st time in Olympic diving history that a non-caucasian won the gold medal in diving. If one were to be nitty picking the 1st Eurasian won her first gold medal on the 3 meter springboard for our country. Her name is Vicki Manalo Draves. Vicki also won the 10 mtr. platform event. She won the springboard several days before my victory. Vicki is ½ Filipino and ½ English. Thank you for being curious. I am still coaching diving, and hope to find another Greg Louganis, the greatest of all time. I coached him when he won the silver medal at 16 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. I'm retired from the practice of medicine as of 16 days ago, and doing more coaching of diving. Sincerely". American diver Sammy Lee, who won the gold medal in platform diving at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics was the first man to win diving titles at two consecutive Olympics and the first American-born athlete of Korean descent to win an Olympic gold medal. Lee, who won the U.S. national title in both springboard and platform diving in 1942, put his athletic career on hiatus to earn his medical degree, but returned to diving in 1946, winning the U.S. national platform title. Although he retired from competitive diving in 1953, Lee remained involved with the sport, coaching the U.S. diving team in 1960 and coaching Greg Louganis to a silver medal in the platform event at the 1976 Olympics. Lee was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990. Mailing folds, not near signature. Fine condition.
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