During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we celebrate the athletic contributions of Team USA’s Asian American Olympians and Paralympians.
Yosh Uchida coached the first U.S. Olympic Judo Team. More than half a century later, at 100 years old he remains the San Jose State University head judo coach.
He won decathlon gold at Beijing 2008, continuing Team USA’s dominance in the event.
The daughter of South Korean immigrants, she was one of the first Olympic champions born in the year 2000.
After growing up playing wheelchair basketball, he turned to wheelchair rugby and won Paralympic medals in 2012 and 2016.
She competed in four Olympic Games and became the first Asian American to win a winter medal in a sport other than figure skating.
She won the U.S. senior ladies championship at age 14 and competed in her first Olympics two years later.
Despite not fitting in while growing up in a predominantly white town, she later became one of Team USA’s top Paralympic sprinters.
She swept the diving events at London 1948 to become the first Asian American Olympic champion.