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Transcript of Wilma Rudolph
-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