"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."  - Wilma Rudolph

Olympian track and field medalist Wilma Rudolph overcame polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles to become "fastest womin in the world"

Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.  She won global fame as the fastest woman in the world. Just two years later, she retired, her legacy having been written. She died in 1994 at the age of 54.

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Wilma Rudolph survived polio as a child and became an Olympic runner.

Wilma Rudolph survived polio as a child and became an Olympic runner. Shirt was looser fitting compared to modern days and shorts were not perfected fitted to body.

Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete (1940-1994) Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

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Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

Wilma Rudolph (USA), one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes of all time. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, she became "the fastest woman in the world" and the 1st American woman to win 3 gold medals in one Olympics. She won the 100 & 200m races and anchored the U.S. team to victory in the 4 x 100m relay, breaking records along the way.

Wilma Rudolph, stylish Olympic athlete The powerful sprinter emerged from the 1960 Rome Olympics as "The Tornado," the fastest woman on earth- Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the world in the and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in

Athlete Wilma Rudolph was born the twentieth of twenty-one children and battled polio until the age of 12,  become an athlete.  earning a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She graduated in 1963 Rudolph competed in the Olympics  first time  1956, winning a bronze medal . She returned to the Olympics  1960, became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics.   Her achievements in the Olympics led her to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all…

On September Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history by becoming the first woman, not to mention the first African-American woman, to win three gold medals.

Perseverance pays off! - Wilma Rudolph quote Inspiration and Motivation- Quotes #playlikeachampiontoday

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994):  She was a sickly child and developed polio when she was 4 years old.  Her mother helped her to walk again, and by her senior year in high school she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in track.  She went on to take three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, becoming one of the most famous female athletes of all time.

Wilma Rudolph overcame polio and in 1960 was the first woman in Olympics history to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

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