"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

"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

During Rio 2016, we're honoring Wilma Rudolph—a groundbreaking athlete who overcame childhood illness and a leg brace to become one of our country's greatest track stars. At the 1960 games in Rome, Wilma broke barriers as the first American woman to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic games. Today, Wilma's legacy on the track inspires Olympic dreams for a new generation of young women and men.

During Rio 2016, we're honoring Wilma Rudolph—a groundbreaking athlete who overcame childhood illness and a leg brace to become one of our country's greatest track stars. At the 1960 games in Rome, Wilma broke barriers as the first American woman to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic games. Today, Wilma's legacy on the track inspires Olympic dreams for a new generation of young women and men.

Wilma Rudolph   Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, winning 3 olympic gold medals in 1960. She overcame infantile paralysis as a result of polio and went on to conquer the track and field world.  she was a graduate of Tennessee State University

Day 8: Wilma Rudolph Considered the fastest woman... - neoafrican

Wilma Rudolph Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, winning 3 olympic gold medals in 1960. She overcame infantile paralysis as a result of polio and went on to conquer the track and field world. she was a graduate of Tennessee State University

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 (1940-1994) Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

On September 7, 1960, Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history by becoming the first woman, not to mention the first African-American woman, to win three gold medals.

On September 7, 1960, Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history by becoming the first woman, not to mention the first African-American woman, to win three gold medals.

Wilma Rudolph: Athlete and Educator (Ferguson Career Biographies)

Wilma Rudolph: Athlete and Educator (Ferguson Career Biographies)

BY WALTER OPINDE  During the 1960 Olympics Games, Wilma Rudolph broke the historical records for becoming the first American woman and the first African-American to ever win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics, held in Rome, Italy. Wilma Rudolph Glodean was an American sprinter...BY WALTER OPINDE  During the 1960 Olympics Games, Wilma Rudolph broke the historical records for becoming the first American woman and the first African-American to ever win three gold medals…

BY WALTER OPINDE During the 1960 Olympics Games, Wilma Rudolph broke the historical records for becoming the first American woman and the first African-American to ever win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics, held in Rome, Italy. Wilma Rudolph Glodean was an American sprinter...BY WALTER OPINDE During the 1960 Olympics Games, Wilma Rudolph broke the historical records for becoming the first American woman and the first African-American to ever win three gold medals…

Wilma Rudolph - Wilma Rudolph overcame childhood bouts with polio and scarlet fever to become the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. 1960 Rome Olympics

Wilma Rudolph - Wilma Rudolph overcame childhood bouts with polio and scarlet fever to become the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. 1960 Rome Olympics

Wilma Rudolph....1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games....all this despite contracting infantile paralysis at 4 and wearing a leg brace and specialized shoes until she was 11.

Wilma Rudolph....1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games....all this despite contracting infantile paralysis at 4 and wearing a leg brace and specialized shoes until she was 11.

The first female athlete I can recall learning about.  Wilma Rudolph paved the way for African-American athletes, both men and women, who came later. She also overcame some seriously ridiculous odds to win 3 Golds at the 1960 Rome OIympics.

The first female athlete I can recall learning about. Wilma Rudolph paved the way for African-American athletes, both men and women, who came later. She also overcame some seriously ridiculous odds to win 3 Golds at the 1960 Rome OIympics.

Learn more about Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games, on Biography.com.

Learn more about Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games, on Biography.com.

Wilma Rudolph - Mini Biography

Wilma Rudolph - Mini Biography

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