By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)
If you’re like most people, you are probably fed up by increasingly ridiculous and infuriating Ryan Lochte story. To that end, let’s take a moment to spotlight an Olympic swimmer who is far more deserving of our attention instead.
Most American Twitter users were first introduced Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua in the aftermath of that absolutely horrifying Daily Beast piece in which a reporter doxxed several closeted Olympians.
The openly gay Fonua’s ensuing tweetstorm about the lives of gay athletes was both eloquent and enlightening.
Check out this awesome interview with Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American Olympic Gold medalist. Lee, a Korean-American, stands just 5’2″ and trained for the Olympics at a time when minorities like himself weren’t allowed to go into community polls because of segregation. He talks about how he learned to dive by jumping into a sand pit his coach built for him, and that even though he has two Olympic golds and a bronze, he’s still a lousy swimmer.
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This man definitely an Awesome Asian.