Today’s Google Doodle Honors Vicki Draves

Here’s the story behind the August 3, 2020 Google Doodle.

Have you already seen the new Google Doodle for today?

That’s right, it’s the one with the woman in red wearing medals around her neck with a woman in the background, diving onto a swimming pool.

The woman featured in today’s doodle is no other than the Filipino American diver, Victoria “Vicki” Draves.

In the year 1948, she won the gold medal at the London Summer Olympics for the women’s 3-meter springboard event. Thus, making her the first Asian-American woman to win an Olympic medal.

More About Victoria “Vicki” Draves

“I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but we were a very poor family, and dancing was too expensive.”

-Victoria “Vicki” Draves
  • On December 31, 1924, Vicki Draves (then Victoria Taylor Manalo) was born in the South of Market district of San Francisco.
  • Vicki didn’t learn how to swim until she was 9 or 10 years old.
  • In 1948, aside from being the Asian-American woman to win an Olympic medal, she’s also become the first woman to win gold in both the platform and springboard events.
  • In 1969, Vicki was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • And in 2010, Victoria “Vicki” Draves passed away.

Google has made this collaboration with Vicki’s family in honor of her legacy. Her children, David, Jeff, Dale, and Kim, have also shared some of their reflections about her, and here’s a excerpt from her youngest son.

Being raised under the wing of an Olympian forever makes me feel proud and it is an honor that has never lost its luster. That said, growing up with an Olympian was, and always will be, growing up with “Mom.”

– Kim, the youngest son of Victoria “Vicki” Draves

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