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Vicki Draves

Full name: Victoria Manalo "Vicki" Draves
Gender: Female
Born: December 31, 1924 in San Francisco, California, United States
Died: April 11, 2010 in Palm Springs, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Born a twin daughter of an English mother and a Filipino father, Vicki Draves was obliged to use her mother’s maiden name, Taylor, to gain entry to the then racially conscious swimming clubs in the San Francisco area. She won the first of her four AAU titles in 1946 and at the 1948 Games she became the first woman to win both diving events at the same Olympics. After the war she married her coach, Lyle Draves, in 1946. After the London Games, Draves joined various shows, including Buster Crabbe’s “Aqua Parade” and Larry Crosby’s “Rhapsody in Swimtime” in Chicago. She has several offers from Hollywood, but turned them down. After raising a faily she and her husband ran a swimming and diving program near Los Angeles, later moving the program to Encino. She also worked as a secretary. In 1969 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2005 San Francisco built a two-acre park near her childhood neighborhood and named it in Manolo Draves’ honor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 1 Gold
1948 Summer 23 London Diving Women's Platform United States USA 1 Gold

Women's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1948 Summer 23 London Diving United States Final Standings 1 108.74
1948 Summer 23 London Diving United States Final Round 2 60.13
1948 Summer 23 London Diving United States Preliminary Round 1 48.61

Women's Platform

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1948 Summer 23 London Diving United States Final Standings 1 68.87