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Wilma Rudolph

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Grace Green

on 14 January 2013

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Wilma Rudolph by Grace Green Early Childhood Wilma's Leg A Miracle The Olympics Wilma Rudolph Running the 200m After That... Character Traits When Wilma Rudolph was born she weighed just four pounds. She was sickly and small. She was often sick. When Wilma turned 5 her leg turned inward and wouldn't turn back. She got very ill. She was diagnosed with scarlet fever and polio. She was told she would never walk again. But that's not what she had in mind. Early one Sunday morning after many months, Wilma got ready for church. When she got there, something amazing happened. Wilma took off her brace and against all odds began to walk! When she walked through the church doors without her brace everyone was amazed. Wilma began to play basketball. She was then spotted by the Tennessee State's track coach because she was tall and very fast. So Wilma began training with the Tigerbelles. She ran her first race and won. In the 1960 Rome Olympics, Wilma Rudolph woud be running the 100m, 200m,and the 4x 100m relay. The first race was close, but WIlma won. The second race she won by a landslide!On the relay, USA barely won. After that, Wilma Rudolph was the first American(note: FIRST American EVER) to win 3 gold medals in a row. Wilma Rudolph showed:
-Courage because even though she was an African American living in a hard time period, she overcame the racial barrier and ran ( even setting a world record). Wilma did exercises to strengthen her paralyzed leg every day, and she hopped on one foot to get places. Wilma loved school, but could not afford to go because of her leg.So she was overjoyed when the doctors finally sent her a brace. She could now go to school. But she was widely made fun of for her brace. She would sit on the sidelines at recess,watching the other children play basketball and wishing she could play. This is what Wilma's brace may have looked like. "The doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."- Wilma Rudolph -Perseverance because when she had polio she kept on doing exercises to strengthen her leg and eventually her leg became strong again. It also takes a lot of perseverance to become a runner. courage perseverance faith- Wilma had faith in her teammates that they would support her and always have her back. She also had faith in the doctors in all those times she was sick. faith faith
(note: this is a picture from the 1960 Rome Olympics, not from when wilma was in high school) Wilmas Awards -United Press Athlete of the Year 1960
-Assosiated Press Woman Athlete of the Year
-She was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, the Track and Field Hall of Fame,Women's Hall of Fame and the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame.
She was also honored with lighting the torch at the Pan American 1987 Olympics, and she was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award. She has ALSO been given the National Sports Award.
Bibliography - "Wilma Unlimited". copyright 1996 by Kathleen Krull Harcourt Brace and Company. San Diego
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