Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Proud Pinoy Moment #2: Victoria Manalo's 2 Olympic Golds

An English-Filipina named Victoria Manalo Draves became the first-ever woman to win on both the springboard and platform events on diving at the 1948 Olympics in London.

If not for her marrying American coach named Lyle Draves on 1946, she could have competed for the country instead.

Competing for the US was actually quite bizaare for her since she had experienced discrimination and was not allowed to swim on several swimming clubs because of her Filipino lineage.

1948 could have been a shining year for Philippine sports.

Mabuhay ka, Victoria Manalo Draves!

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