Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph

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  • Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940, in Tennessee.  She was very sick as a child.
  • When Wilma was four years old, her parents were told she had Polio, a disease that attacked the nerves that control the muscles.  They told her parents she would never walk.  Wilma wore leg braces for years.  Finally, she could walk without the braces.
  • Wilma played basketball in High School.  To keep in shape, she joined the track team after basketball season.  An important track coach from Tennessee State asked her to join his summer track program.  She learned how to become a  better runner and won all of her races.     
  • In 1956, while still in High School, Wilma tried out for the US Olympic team.  She made it.  The team came in 3rd place.  
  • I'm going for the GOLD in the next Olympics!
  • In 1960, Wilma went to Olympics again.  She won 3 gold Medals.  
  • Three Gold Medals and Doctors once told me I would never walk!
  • After Wilma graduated from college, she started her own company and traveled around giving speeches.  She was an inspiration to everyone!
  • Never underestimate the power of your dreams. We all have the potential for greatness!
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