Lee was 12 years old when he fell in love with diving, but in
1932, Koreans and other "people of color" were not
allowed into swimming pools except on Wednesdays. How would
he ever become a great diver if he could only practice once
a week? His father didn't encourage him because he wanted his
son to become a doctor.
Sammy find a way to fulfill his own dreams while respecting
his father's wishes for him? The story of Sammy Lee highlights
the sixteen years of hard work and practice that led to his
sixteen seconds of glory at the 1948 Olympics. What did he have
to do to become the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold
medal? Did he become a doctor?
many years lie between today and the sixteen seconds when your
dreams come true? Are you using your practice years as well
as Sammy Lee used his?
most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but
to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not
the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to
have conquered but to have fought well.” Baron Pierre
de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympic Movement
Wings 5-Star Rating:
high moral character in literature)
very special thanks to Rose
McKinley for permission to use the background composition that
pianist Jeffrey played in the book: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-minor,
Op. 23 (1st Movement) by PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
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