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Victoria Manalo Draves

Victoria Manalo Draves
AKA Victoria Taylor Manalo

1st Filipina-American, 1st Eurasian, and 1st Woman in Olympic history to win Springboard and Platform Diving Gold Medals (1948)


“You never know what a wonderful experience it is to concentrate on something, to set your goals and to work hard for them and then to eventually attain the ultimate. There is so much that happens to you along the way that is so wonderful. The discipline that you learn for yourself, believing in yourself, and meeting other fine people who are involved in whatever activity it is that you are trying to attain.”


December 31, 1924

San Francisco, California, USA

FATHER: Teofilo Manalo
MOTHER: Gertrude Taylor

HUSBAND: Lyle Draves
SONS: David, Jeffrey, Dale and Kim


The triumph of Victoria Manalo
An Olympian’s Oral History: Vicki Draves
She Would've Been RP's 1st Olympic Gold Medalist, But She Won For The U.S.
Draves Park

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