Wilma Rudolph, (1940-1994) Athlete
Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.~ Hebrews 12:1 (KJV)
Born the twentieth of 22 children, Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child. She had polio at an early age, which left
her crippled, but with faith, determination and the help of her family, she overcame it. A track coach
discovered Wilma when she was on her high school basketball team, which led to a college scholarship. She
participated in the Olympic games in 1956, but her real triumph came in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Running
on a sprained ankle, she became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in track and field in the
Olympics. Among many other honors and awards, she was invited by Billy Graham to join the Baptist
Christian Athletes in Japan in 1963. After retiring from competition she became a teacher and track coach.
To this day, she is remembered as one of the fastest women in track. She died at age 54 of brain cancer.
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