At the 1948 London Olympic Games, Samuel Lee became the first Asian-American to win an Olypmpic gold medal for the United States. Additionally, he was the first male diver to win back-to-back gold medals in platform diving. When asked about his winning dive he stated:
Walking up the 10-m platform, I thought to myself, I’ve waited 16 years for this moment. Am I going to blow it? So I prayed to God that I was most deserving of winning the Games. And in case he was busy, I also prayed to Buddha and Confucius.