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Olympic Diver Vicki Draves Dies At 85


1948 Olympic diving champion Vicki Draves died on Sunday, April 12, 2010, of pancreatic cancer aggravated by pneumonia. She was 85.


At the London Olympic Games of 1948, Vicki became the first woman to win both the 3m springboard and 10m platform at the same Olympic Games. She was coached by her husband, Lyle Draves, who produced Olympic medal winners at Olympic Games from 1948 to 1968.


Vicki started swimming at the Fleishhaker Pool in San Francisco, moved to Charlie Sava’s Crystal Plunge and eventually to the Athens Club with Lyle in Oakland, California. She married her coach, moved to southern California, and began her winning ways securing the 10m platform titles in 1946, 1947 and 1948, the 1948 3m springboard national title and on to the Olympics.


Vicki is survived by her husband Lyle, and four children David, Kim, Jeff and Dale. Twin sister Connie resides in Plantation, Florida.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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