Wilma Rudolph

April, 2016 By:A. Lostaunau

Career

Wilma was a very fast runner and was nicknamed “Skeeter.” According to www.biography.com, she joined the Olympics. She set many records, like 11.3 seconds. Her rewards were 3 gold medals in 1 Olympic. Even when she was in Rome, she became very popular. Once the Olympics were over, she received a lot of honors. Later on, she retired and became a teacher, and track coach. Even when she retired, people said that she was the fastest women in the world.

Early Life

Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee in 1940. According to Wilma Unlimited, she grew up with 19 brothers and sisters. When she was born, she had sickness from her siblings. When she was 5, she got a sickness called polio. Polio is a disease where it makes you unable to walk. Since she couldn’t walk, she wasn’t able to attend school. Later on, she wore a heavy metal brace, and did leg exercises.

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Adversity

Wilma was born with an illness that she got from her siblings. When she was 5, she had polio and was unable to walk. According to school.eb, her left leg twisted inward. Later on, she had to wear a heavy metal brace. Since she couldn’t walk, she wasn’t able to attend school. When she went to school, people made fun of her brace. When she turned 12, she found out that she could walk normally. Later she died of cancer.

Legacy

Wilma made a lot of records. At the Olympics she ran with a twisted knee. According to school.eb, she won all, but 1 dash. She set many world records like the time she won 3 gold medals in 1 Olympic. People thought she was an outstanding athlete. Later on, she retired and became a teacher and track coach. She was considered the fastest women in the world, even when she died in 1994.

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