“She had ‘gold’ written all over her...”
It was only a few years after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sensitivity to decendents of the Asian race, particularly in San Francisco, was still high. So high that neither Vicki or her twin sister Connie could practice in most pools. Vicki’s father was Fillipino and in order for her to be allowed in the restricted Nob Hill club, she had to use her maiden name.
She loved Life and "Life" Loved her
Life Magazine voted Vicki one of the top two athletes from the 1948 Games by Life Magazine.
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Vicki with Sammy Lee
Victoria Manalo Draves Park - San Francisco
In 2006, San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom dedicated Victoria Manalo Draves Park, a two-acre urban oasis that opened on the old Bessie Carmichael Elementary School site on Sherman Street. Vicki was recognized as an important role model to the hundreds of thousands of Asian and Pacific Islander American residents in the city.