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Transcript of Wilma Rudolph
Challenges And Obstacles
Wilma Rudolph had to deal with a lot of problems. She had polio in her left leg, which kept her from doing a lot of the things she loved, like running. Wilma`s family was poor, and struggled to pay the money needed for track. Also at her time, she was discriminated against for being black., and had to face the problems of segregation. School work was also a struggle for Wilma. Tennesee state college was considering giving Wilma a full scholarship if she maintained a B average, but with track and basketball, it was hard.
Contributions To Society
Wilma soon made it to the 1960 Summer Olympics, a big accomplishment. With determination, Wilma Rudolph became the first woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympics. She has inspired many women to keep going, and to not focus on anything negative anyone says.Wilma struggled through some pretty hard times, like segregation,but she tried her hardest to think positive over the tough years. Faith and Hope lead Wilma to become a champion.
Biracree, Tom. Wilma Rudolph. New York: Chelsea House, 1988. Print.
Background And Childhood
Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940 in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. She was born with polio,which effected her left leg, and born into a time when blacks were discriminated against, and she was black. She went to Burt High School, an all-black school, and was on the school`s basketball and track teams.She was very good at track and won all most all of her races, and was very well known. Wilma also had a poor family, which struggled with paying bills.
Wilma is most recognized for her three gold medals, but she also has one bronze.
Wilma was the United Press athlete of the year.
Wilma died on November 12, 1984 from brain cancer.
Wilma`s nickname was 'the black gazelle'.
Wilma is in The Track And Feild Hall Of Fame.