Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds

By Chicago Tribune

In 1932, in Southern California, a sign at the public pool read “Members Only Except Wednesday,” and 12-year-old Korean-American Sammy Lee knew that meant that people of color could swim only on Wednesdays. Sammy didn’t stop watching, however, and it was diving that fascinated him. Before [Sammy] earned his gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, he served in the Army and became a physician, and in all these pursuits, his determination helped him soar against the odds.