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Wilma Rudolph Biography

Early Obstacles, Not Just Walking, But Running, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments, Wins Bronze At Melbourne OlympicsSELECTED WRITINGS BY RUDOLPH:


American track and field athlete

Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history in 1960 when she became the first American woman ever to win three gold medals in track and field events. Her achievement would have been remarkable for any athlete, but it was even more impressive because Rudolph had spent her childhood in leg braces and special shoes; doctors had told her family that she would never walk normally.


Wilma: The Story of Wilma Rudolph, New American Library, 1977.

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Famous Sports StarsTrack and Field