Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

By Paula Yoo

Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Lee & Low Books 2010

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In 1948, Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win Olympic gold. But before taking the diving platform that summer, he endured discrimination, fought in the military, and became a medical doctor.

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