Underdogs

By: Gabriela Cruz

Wilma Rudolph

Most babies didn't have 19 older brothers and sisters to watch over them, a mother who was always with them and a father who worked several jobs. However most babies weren’t Wilma Rudolph. Before Wilma turned 5, she had been stricken with polio. Most children at that time who got polio either died or where permanently crippled. There was no cure.


Wilma wore a brace from the age of 5 until she was 12 years old. When she finally got her brace off, the first thing she couldn't wait to play was a game of basketball.

In high school, she led her basketball team to from one victory after another. She took the team all the way to the Tennessee state championship. There, to everyone's astonishment, her team lost. Eight years after she mailed her brace away she joined a track team. In the 1960 Olympics, she ended up being the fastest woman runner in the world.

Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton

Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton are alike in several ways. First, they were interested in the topic gravity. Next, they both were not expected to do much in life. They also had difficult childhoods. Later, both became Interested in physics. One major thing that they had in common was the fact that they were both great scientists.


On the other hand, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were different in several ways. One way is that Albert Einstein was Jewish and had to worry about the Holocaust. He was not able to spend all of his time trying new things. Isaac Newton who was not in fear of his life, was able to spend his time working and trying new things. Although Isaac and Albert both had bad childhoods, Einstein didn't speak until age 4. Newton was sickly as a child and not expected to live long. Both discovered new theories in science. Newton discovered laws of motion and Albert Einstein created his theories of relativity.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was born into a racially divided South Africa and knew that the best way to change the system is to be the change. He was the first in his family to go to school. He has three full sisters, three half-brothers, and six half-sisters. Nelson Mandela was keeped in jail for 27 years for standing against a government that was committing dangerous human rights abuses against black South Africans.


Nelson Mandela won a Noble peace prize for his work for the racial segregation, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South America.

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