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Vicki Draves Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : August 25, 2020

Short Biography

Vicki Draves was born on 31-12-1924 in San Francisco in the state of California, United States. She was an American Diver. She was the 1st woman who was a gold medalist at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Her full name was Victoria Manalo Draves.

Other Name: Victoria Manalo Draves, Vicki

Vicki Draves Complete Bio & Career

Draves did her early education from the local school of her hometown. She had a keen interest in Swimming since her childhood but at that time, she was very little and did not permit to join any Swimming Centre. When she turned into 10 years, she took swimming lessons from the "Red Cross" ( an American humanitarian organization that gives emergency help during floods, cyclone etcetera) at their Mission District branch. Along with swimming, she joined high school at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California where she completed graduation in the field of commerce in 1942. During this period, Vicki also did a job at Surgeon's office, as a temporary civil service employee.


At the age of 16 years, she was professionally learned diving from Mr. Jack Lavery who met her with Phil Patterson. Mr. Phil was a coach of the "Hotel Fairmont Swimming and Diving Club". As she was a Filipino, therefore, because of racial discrimination, she modified her name to "Vicki Taylor so that she was accepted by Patterson's driving school. After that, she became part of Crystal Plunge in North Beach. Here, she continued her diving practice.


In 1943, when she was just 19 years old, Draves participated in AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) diving competition at Indiana national meet. later on, In 1944, she initiated training with her new coach named Lyle Draves in San Francisco Bay Area. Then, in1945, her father died and she started a job as a secretary in the Army's port surgeon office at San Francisco. During the ending of the second world war, Vicki moved to southern California and again started diving practice. In 1948, she took part in the Olympics and won 5 American diving championships. She won a gold medal for her performance in the 10m swimming platform. Her name was published in the USA's top magazine. After this, she earned fame and won several diving matches in her professional career.


In 1995, she lived in Tarzana and gave birth to her kids. She lived here for 35 years and her spouse became the swimming director and Draves worked as a secretary in the diving centre.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Vicki Draves died on 11-04-2010 in Palm Springs, California, United States at the age of 85.

DEATHDAY 11 April,2010 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Palm Springs, California

Vicki Draves Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Vicki was born to English parents named Teofilo Manalo (father) and Gertrude Taylor (mother) in the South-of-Market district at San Francisco. Her dad was a Philippine chef and renowned musician where her mother was worked as a maid in a restaurant. She had a twin sister named Connie and an older sister named Frankie. She had also a younger brother but due to illness, he died at an early age.


On 12 July 1946, she got married to her coach. They had four sons together named KimJefferyDavid, and Dale.

Life's Important Dates Of Vicki Draves

Body Measurements

Chest Size 34
Biceps Size 15
Waist Size 32
Skin Colour White
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town San Francisco, the United States
Religion Fillipino
Address San Francisco, the United States
School Local School of San Francisco, the United States
College High School at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Swimming, Reading, Listen to Music, Travelling
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Black, Red, White
Favorite Brand Allen Solly, Calvin Klein
Favorite Player Michael Jordan
Favorite Sport Diving, football
Favorite Actress Olivia de Havilland
Favorite Actor Robert De Niro
Favorite Film Director Michael Arden
Favorite Movie Fiction Movies
Favorite Singer Michael Arden
Favorite Song Jazz Genre of Music
Favorite Place Paris
Favorite Dress Skirts, pants, Gowns
Favorite Food Non-Veg
Favorite Accessories Necklace

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Vicki Draves

  • Vicki Draves was a gold medalist in springboard as well as platform diving at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She played for the United States National Team. Vicki was the first Asian woman from America who won the Olympic medal.
  • Recently, Google Doodle gives tribute to Vicki Draves by posting her two photographs. One of these pictures, she wore a warm jacket and smiled, in another one she did swimming.

Vicki Draves Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Vicki Draves was 85 years 3 months & 11 days old age.