Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Sammy Lee Dies at 96

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Sammy Lee Dies at 96

LOS ANGELES — Sammy Lee, a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver who later mentored four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, has died. He was the school's oldest living Olympian. The 5-foot Lee, who was of Korean descent, was the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. Lee became the first man to win consecutive Olympic titles in platform diving in 1948 and 1952 and was the oldest diver at age 32 to win Olympic gold.

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning diver and mentor for four-time Olympic diving champ Greg Louganis, died at the age of 96.

The University of Southern California announced that the school’s oldest living Olympian died of pneumonia in Newport Beach.

Lee, the 5-foot of the Korean descent, was the first ever Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal for the States.

He was also the first who won consecutive Olympic titles in 1948 and 1952 in platform diving, and the oldest diver who won Olympic gold at the age of 32.

At the 1948 Games, he won a bronze in 3-meter springboard.

 

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