b. Aug. 1, 1920, Fresno, CA
The first diver ever to win two gold medals in the Olympic platform diving event, Lee was born of Korean-American parents. As a student at Occidental College, he won the AAU national platform and 3-meter springboard championships in 1942, then retired to study medicine at the University of Southern California.
He returned to competition in 1946 and won the national platform title again. He was a doctor in the U. S. Army Medical Corps when he won his first gold medal in the 1948 Olympics. He also took a bronze in springboard diving.
Lee competed only occasionally during the next four years. He never won another national title, but he qualified for the 1952 Olympic team and, on his thirty-second birthday, he captured his second gold medal in platform diving. The victory brought him the 1953 Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete.
A specialist in ear diseases, Lee was a fine coach who produced a number of champions. Among them was Bob Webster, who became the second diver to win two gold medals in the platform event. Lee coached the 1960 U. S. Olympic diving team and the 1964 Japanese and Korean teams.