Samuel "Sammy" Lee

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Samuel "Sammy" Lee, MD (b. August 1920 - d. December 2016) - member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Dr. Lee won two Olympic Gold Medals representing the United States in diving, the first Asian-American to do so (1948 London Olympics and 1952 Helsinki Olympics - both in 10m platform). Dr. Lee also coached other Olympic diving champions, including Greg Louganis.


After receiving his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1947, Dr. Lee also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea from 1953-1955. 


​In 2010, the Sammy Lee Square (at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles' Koreatown) was named in his honor.