Wilma was born June 23,1940. She was the 20 of 22 children. She was born as a premature baby and they were not sure if she was going to make it. Wilma was very small and very ill when she was younger. she got many sicknesses and many different phenomena and Scarlet fever.When Wilma had finally gotten over her diseases her mom realized that her left leg was crippled and was not normal like her right leg. She took her to a doctor and at the age of 4 years old she was diagnosed with polio.
Wilma Rudolph was known to be one of the fastest runners alive. But it took her awhile to get up to the point that she wanted to be at. When Wilma was described with polio she had realized that she may never be able to walk again. Wilma had to go to physical therapies and wear many different metal braces and braces for her feet as well. At the age of 12 years old Wilma learned to walk and run without a brace. Her importance is that she taught many people to go after there dreams and to be themselves because the struggles that we go through will get better. Her importance was that she fought through a disease that put your life in danger if you get sick or anything.
WIlma's accomplishments were that she went through many different things in her life. But she accomplished being a successful Olympic gold medalist runner.She go to go to the college she wanted and got a full on scholarship for basketball and track. Wilma achieved all of her goals and she was so happy for herself. When she was older and retired from running she became a teacher. Sadly Wilma died at the age of 54 years old battling brain cancer we will always remember her. Died Novemeber 12 1994.