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Fil-Am ’48 Olympics diving champ nominated to sports hall of fame

/ 01:18 AM November 04, 2015
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Victoria Manalo Draves (center) in 1948 Olympics in London.

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino American Olympic diving gold medalist Victoria Manalo Draves may soon join the ranks sports legends in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Draves was nominated to the Hall of Fame whose roster includes Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Bill Russell, Juan Marichal, Frank Robinson, Rosie Casals, Joe Montana and Billie Jean King.

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The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame committee will determine if Draves merits inclusion on the  ballot that goes out to 60-80 reporters and sports writers in the Bay Area in December. The new inductee class will be announced in January 2016.

Recognized in the 1948 edition of Life Magazine as one of the top athletes at the 1948 Olympics, Draves achieved fame internationally as the first woman in Olympic history to win gold medals in both springboard and platform diving competitions.

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Draves performing gold-winning dive.

Born in San Francisco to an English immigrant mother and a Filipino father, Draves faced discrimination when the San Francisco’s Nob Hill diving club required that she drop her father’s Filipino name, Manalo, and take her mother’s maiden name, Taylor, in order to be acceptable to the organization.

Draves persevered and claimed gold medals in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform competitions at the 1948 Olympics. Her performance continues to serve as an inspiration for all athletes interested in competition regardless of race, creed or national origin.

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TAGS: 1948 Olympics London, Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, Bill Russell, Billie Jean King, Filipino American sports heroine, Frank Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Montana, Juan Marichal, Rosie Casals, Victoria Manalo Draves, Willie Mays
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