"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."  - Wilma Rudolph

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us." - Wilma Rudolph

During Rio 2016, we're honoring Wilma Rudolph—a groundbreaking athlete who overcame childhood illness and a leg brace to become one of our country's greatest track stars. At the 1960 games in Rome, Wilma broke barriers as the first American woman to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic games. Today, Wilma's legacy on the track inspires Olympic dreams for a new generation of young women and men.

During Rio 2016, we're honoring Wilma Rudolph—a groundbreaking athlete who overcame childhood illness and a leg brace to become one of our country's greatest track stars. At the 1960 games in Rome, Wilma broke barriers as the first American woman to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic games. Today, Wilma's legacy on the track inspires Olympic dreams for a new generation of young women and men.

Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete (1940-1994) Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

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Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete (1940-1994) Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

Wilma Rudolph   Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, winning 3 olympic gold medals in 1960. She overcame infantile paralysis as a result of polio and went on to conquer the track and field world.  she was a graduate of Tennessee State University

Day 8: Wilma Rudolph Considered the fastest woman... - neoafrican

Wilma Rudolph Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, winning 3 olympic gold medals in 1960. She overcame infantile paralysis as a result of polio and went on to conquer the track and field world. she was a graduate of Tennessee State University

Perseverance pays off! - Wilma Rudolph quote Inspiration and Motivation- Quotes #playlikeachampiontoday

Perseverance pays off! - Wilma Rudolph quote Inspiration and Motivation- Quotes #playlikeachampiontoday

Athlete Wilma Rudolph was born the twentieth of twenty-one children and battled polio until the age of 12,  become an athlete.  earning a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She graduated in 1963 Rudolph competed in the Olympics  first time  1956, winning a bronze medal . She returned to the Olympics  1960, became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics.   Her achievements in the Olympics led her to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all…

Athlete Wilma Rudolph was born the twentieth of twenty-one children and battled polio until the age of 12, become an athlete. earning a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She graduated in 1963 Rudolph competed in the Olympics first time 1956, winning a bronze medal . She returned to the Olympics 1960, became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics. Her achievements in the Olympics led her to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all…

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994):  She was a sickly child and developed polio when she was 4 years old.  Her mother helped her to walk again, and by her senior year in high school she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in track.  She went on to take three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, becoming one of the most famous female athletes of all time.

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994): She was a sickly child and developed polio when she was 4 years old. Her mother helped her to walk again, and by her senior year in high school she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in track. She went on to take three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, becoming one of the most famous female athletes of all time.

Wilma Rudolph (USA), one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes of all time. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, she became "the fastest woman in the world" and the 1st American woman to win 3 gold medals in one Olympics. She won the 100 & 200m races and anchored the U.S. team to victory in the 4 x 100m relay, breaking records along the way.

Wilma Rudolph (USA), one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes of all time. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, she became "the fastest woman in the world" and the 1st American woman to win 3 gold medals in one Olympics. She won the 100 & 200m races and anchored the U.S. team to victory in the 4 x 100m relay, breaking records along the way.

all times greatest black athletes |  WILMA RUDOLPH

BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: WILMA RUDOLPH

WIlma Rudolph Rome Olympics 1960 --- I remember this so well --- She was a hero!

WIlma Rudolph Rome Olympics 1960 --- I remember this so well --- She was a hero!

Wilma Rudolph: Athlete and Educator (Ferguson Career Biographies)

Wilma Rudolph: Athlete and Educator (Ferguson Career Biographies)

Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" and "The Black Pearl", was the first woman to ever win three track and field gold medals in one Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights and Women's Rights advocate and pioneer.

Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" and "The Black Pearl", was the first woman to ever win three track and field gold medals in one Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights and Women's Rights advocate and pioneer.

The first female athlete I can recall learning about.  Wilma Rudolph paved the way for African-American athletes, both men and women, who came later. She also overcame some seriously ridiculous odds to win 3 Golds at the 1960 Rome OIympics.

The first female athlete I can recall learning about. Wilma Rudolph paved the way for African-American athletes, both men and women, who came later. She also overcame some seriously ridiculous odds to win 3 Golds at the 1960 Rome OIympics.

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