Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee as the twentieth child of twenty-two children. She grew up in poverty and had a terrible encounter with sickness as a child. By age twelve, she experienced double pneumonia, polio, scarlet fever, measles, and chickenpox. Through the many sicknesses she experienced a crippled leg that caused her to wear braces. The doctors told her she would probably never walk again, but her mother constantly told her she would!
Four years later, Wilma Rudolph won a bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics while she was still in high school. She was the youngest member of the Olympic team. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won three gold medals, becoming the first American woman to do so. In the process, she broke three world records.
Wilma went on to tell of her sickness-riddled childhood that … Read More »