Today’s Birthday: WILMA GLODEAN RUDOLPH (1940)

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940)

Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and as part of the 4×100 meter relay. She finished the 100-meter dash in world-record time but was not credited with the record. Why?More… Discuss


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