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Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds

The Sammy Lee Story

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Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds by Paula Yoo
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On a summer day in 1932, twelve-year-old Sammy Lee watched enviously as divers catapulted into the public swimming pool. Sammy desperately wanted to try diving himself, but the Korean American boy -- like any person of color -- was only allowed to use the pool one day a week. This discrimination did not weaken Sammy's newfound passion for diving, and soon he began a struggle between his dream of becoming an Olympic champion and his father's wish for him to become a doctor. Over sixteen years Sammy faced numerous challenges, but he overcame them all and fulfilled both his dream and his father's. In 1948 Dr. Sammy Lee dove into Olympic history. A matter of seconds after his final platform dive, the scores appeared and Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal. Sammy Lee's story of determination and triumph sets an extraordinary example for anyone striving to fulfill a dream. Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award, Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds will inspire all who read it.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations, color
Imprint
Lee & Low Books
Interest Age
From 6 to 9 years
Pages
32
Dimensions
206x272x5
ISBN-13
9781600604539
Product ID
4181811

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