Vicki Draves

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVictoria Manalo "Vicki"•Draves
Used nameVicki•Draves
Born31 December 1924 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Died11 April 2010 in Palm Springs, California (USA)
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Born a twin daughter of an English mother and a Filipino father, Vicki Draves was obliged to use her mother’s maiden name, Taylor, to gain entry to the then racially conscious swimming clubs in the San Francisco area. She won the first of her four AAU titles in 1946 and at the 1948 Games she became the first woman to win both diving events at the same Olympics. After the war she married her coach, Lyle Draves, in 1946. After the London Games, Draves joined various shows, including Buster Crabbe’s “Aqua Parade” and Larry Crosby’s “Rhapsody in Swimtime” in Chicago. She has several offers from Hollywood, but turned them down. After raising a faily she and her husband ran a swimming and diving program near Los Angeles, later moving the program to Encino. She also worked as a secretary. In 1969 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2005 San Francisco built a two-acre park near her childhood neighborhood and named it in Manolo Draves’ honor.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Vicki Draves
Springboard, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Platform, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

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