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Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander
Team USA athletes

During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we celebrate the athletic contributions of Team USA’s Asian American Olympians and Paralympians.

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku introduced a powerful style of swimming, winning five medals (three gold) over three Olympic Games. He then became a surfing ambassador to the world, popularizing that sport.

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Sammy Lee

Diver Sammy Lee overcame racial prejudice while growing up to become the first Asian-American man to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Tommy Kono

It was at an internment camp in the desert during World War II that Tommy Kono’s asthma dissipated and he was introduced to weightlifting, eventually winning two Olympic gold medals and one silver.

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