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April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Two-time Olympic diving champion Sammy Lee, who had been missing after leaving his Huntington Beach home, was found in Pico Rivera Tuesday night, police said. The 92-year-old Lee, who suffers from dementia, drove from Huntington Beach to Mojave to Studio City, was found by authorities in Pico Rivera, Lt. Gary Faust of the Huntington Beach Police Department told The Times. Faust said there were no immediate details on Lee's condition. Lee, who gained fame as a platform diver, also has a history of heart problems, according to police.
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April 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Investigators tracked two-time Olympic gold medalist Sammy Lee through his credit card purchases as the 92-year-old drove through at least three Southern California counties after he went missing Monday. Lee, who suffers from dementia , was disoriented but in good condition when he was found about 9 p.m. Tuesday by deputies who responded to a report of a traffic hazard, authorities said. He left his Huntington Beach home Monday afternoon to go swimming at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, which was his common practice.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two-time Olympic diving champion Sammy Lee was slightly disoriented but was in good condition when he was found in Pico Rivera, authorities said Tuesday night. The 92-year-old Lee, who suffers from dementia, drove through at least three Southern California counties before he was found about 9 p.m. Tuesday by deputies who responded to a report of a traffic hazard, authorities said. He left his Huntington Beach home Monday afternoon. Lee was reportedly swerving through traffic in his Mercedes and was stopped near a curb when he was found in the 8400 block of Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two-time Olympic diving champion Sammy Lee was slightly disoriented but was in good condition when he was found in Pico Rivera, authorities said Tuesday night. The 92-year-old Lee, who suffers from dementia, drove through at least three Southern California counties before he was found about 9 p.m. Tuesday by deputies who responded to a report of a traffic hazard, authorities said. He left his Huntington Beach home Monday afternoon. Lee was reportedly swerving through traffic in his Mercedes and was stopped near a curb when he was found in the 8400 block of Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sammy Lee, who suffers from dementia and was reported missing after leaving his Huntington Beach home, was in Studio City on Tuesday evening to gas his Mercedes after traveling earlier in the day to Mojave, authorities told The Times. The 92-year-old Lee, who gained fame as a platform diver, also has a history of heart problems and is believed to be lost and confused, according to Huntington Beach police. Lee left his home Monday about 3 p.m. to go swimming at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, which was his common practice.  Police said that Lee purchased gas in Mojave about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Investigators tracked two-time Olympic gold medalist Sammy Lee through his credit card purchases as the 92-year-old drove through at least three Southern California counties after he went missing Monday. Lee, who suffers from dementia , was disoriented but in good condition when he was found about 9 p.m. Tuesday by deputies who responded to a report of a traffic hazard, authorities said. He left his Huntington Beach home Monday afternoon to go swimming at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, which was his common practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1996
Retired physician Sammy Lee was honored by the USC General Alumni Assn. at its 64th annual awards dinner in March. Lee, 75, a Huntington Beach resident, received an Alumni Merit Award for a lifetime of achievement. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine in 1947, Lee became the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal, taking the top honor in swimming at the 1948 Games and again in the 1952 Olympics.
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July 7, 1990 | from Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Sammy Lee, two-time Olympic diving gold medalist from Huntington Beach, was one of seven new members inducted Friday into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lee, a 69-year-old American of Korean descent, was honored along with gold-medal winning swimmer Tracy Caulkins, boxer George Foreman, skater Scott Hamilton, weightlifter Tamio "Tommy" Kono, and the late oarsman John B. "Jack" Kelly Sr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1994 | DAVID REYES
As artist Robert B. Krantz on Friday unveiled a three-foot-tall bronze artwork honoring Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Korean American to win a gold medal in the Olympics, Krantz offered an anecdote from Lee's coaching days. Known as a great but insistent diving teacher, Lee trained two-time Olympic gold-medal winners Bob Webster and Greg Louganis. He won a gold medal and a bronze medal in the 1948 Olympics in London and a gold in the 1952 Helsinki Games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Alicia Lopez, Times Community News
Huntington Beach police are asking for help in finding two-time Olympic gold medalist Samuel "Sammy" Lee, 92, who has been missing since Monday. Lee is described as an Asian man, 4-feet-11 and weighing 122 pounds. According to a news release, Lee left his Huntington Beach home about 3 p.m. Monday to go swimming at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley. His family has not heard from him since. He reportedly suffers from dementia and heart problems. Lee won a gold  medal in the men's platform at the London Games in 1948, becoming the first American of Asian descent to win a gold medal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sammy Lee, who suffers from dementia and was reported missing after leaving his Huntington Beach home, was in Studio City on Tuesday evening to gas his Mercedes after traveling earlier in the day to Mojave, authorities told The Times. The 92-year-old Lee, who gained fame as a platform diver, also has a history of heart problems and is believed to be lost and confused, according to Huntington Beach police. Lee left his home Monday about 3 p.m. to go swimming at Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley, which was his common practice.  Police said that Lee purchased gas in Mojave about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
Two-time Olympic diving champion Sammy Lee, who had been missing after leaving his Huntington Beach home, was found in Pico Rivera Tuesday night, police said. The 92-year-old Lee, who suffers from dementia, drove from Huntington Beach to Mojave to Studio City, was found by authorities in Pico Rivera, Lt. Gary Faust of the Huntington Beach Police Department told The Times. Faust said there were no immediate details on Lee's condition. Lee, who gained fame as a platform diver, also has a history of heart problems, according to police.
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May 30, 2011 | JERRY CROWE
Bigotry couldn't break Sammy Lee. Racism only steeled the two-time Olympic diving champion. "It inspired me to perform," Lee says of the prejudice that threatened to quash the boyhood dreams of an ambitious son of Korean immigrants. "I was angered, but I was going to prove that in America I could do anything. " So determined was the Fresno-born, Highland Park-reared Lee that when a college recruiter scoffed at his life goals -- win an Olympic gold medal, become a doctor -- and inquired about his backup plan, he realized he didn't have one. Nor would he need one. Lee, 90, made it all happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1996
Retired physician Sammy Lee was honored by the USC General Alumni Assn. at its 64th annual awards dinner in March. Lee, 75, a Huntington Beach resident, received an Alumni Merit Award for a lifetime of achievement. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine in 1947, Lee became the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal, taking the top honor in swimming at the 1948 Games and again in the 1952 Olympics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1994 | DAVID REYES
As artist Robert B. Krantz on Friday unveiled a three-foot-tall bronze artwork honoring Dr. Sammy Lee, the first Korean American to win a gold medal in the Olympics, Krantz offered an anecdote from Lee's coaching days. Known as a great but insistent diving teacher, Lee trained two-time Olympic gold-medal winners Bob Webster and Greg Louganis. He won a gold medal and a bronze medal in the 1948 Olympics in London and a gold in the 1952 Helsinki Games.
SPORTS
November 2, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to encourage participation in athletics by Asian-Americans, an organizing committee headed by Dr. Sammy Lee, twice an Olympic gold medalist for the United States in diving, announced plans Tuesday for the first Asian-American Games next summer in Los Angeles.
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May 30, 2011 | JERRY CROWE
Bigotry couldn't break Sammy Lee. Racism only steeled the two-time Olympic diving champion. "It inspired me to perform," Lee says of the prejudice that threatened to quash the boyhood dreams of an ambitious son of Korean immigrants. "I was angered, but I was going to prove that in America I could do anything. " So determined was the Fresno-born, Highland Park-reared Lee that when a college recruiter scoffed at his life goals -- win an Olympic gold medal, become a doctor -- and inquired about his backup plan, he realized he didn't have one. Nor would he need one. Lee, 90, made it all happen.
SPORTS
July 7, 1990 | from Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. Sammy Lee, two-time Olympic diving gold medalist from Huntington Beach, was one of seven new members inducted Friday into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lee, a 69-year-old American of Korean descent, was honored along with gold-medal winning swimmer Tracy Caulkins, boxer George Foreman, skater Scott Hamilton, weightlifter Tamio "Tommy" Kono, and the late oarsman John B. "Jack" Kelly Sr.
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June 16, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Sammy Lee, a two-time Olympic gold-medal diver, stood atop the 10-meter platform at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena. He felt as though he were standing on top of the world. Framed by the the majestic San Gabriel mountains, Lee gazed at the Rose Bowl from the diving tower at the new, $6.5-million aquatic complex, scheduled to open today. "I feel 50 years younger standing on this platform," said Lee, 69. "But my wife won't lie on it."
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