Picture biography, 30 pages. In 1948, at the age of 28, Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win an Olympic Gold Medal which he followed up with a consecutive Gold Medal at the 1953 Olympic games. In between the two Olympic Games, Lee served as a doctor in the Korean War. Published by Lee & Low Books in 2005.
Steadfast in the Face of Discrimination
Not allowed to swim in the public pool with white children, not able to attend his high school prom because only white students were allowed in the Pasadena Civic Center and watching customers berate his father at his restaurant were a few of the discouraging injustices Lee faced. In spite of this, Lee negotiated with his Dad to continue studying to become a doctor at the same time he continued to train and enter diving competitions!
Passion, commitment, perseverance, imagination -- Lee is a marvelous hero for our kiddos.
Doctor, Coach and More
Lee's contribution to diving continued long after he earned Gold Medals; he coached Bob Webster and Greg Louganis on to Gold and Silver Olympic Medals. While there is only one adult biography about Lee, there are two more children's chapter books your child will appreciate!
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