Wilma Rudolph: A Biography

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 137 pages
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Wilma Rudolph was born into a large family and struggled with health problems for the first several years of her life, including polio. Though she had trouble even walking, her love of sport and movement motivated her to rehabilitate her legs. Rudolph would blossom into athletic talent and after earning a scholarship to Tennessee State, qualified for the 1960 Olympic Games where she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field.

Throughout her life, Wilma Rudolph faced many barriers and yet she was able to overcome the odds to become an Olympic gold medalist. After hanging up her spikes, Wilma would teach second grade and coach track at her former high school. This work describes her life in detail, and includes a timeline of significant events in her life.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Legend is BornThe Early Days of Wilma Rudolph
1
Chapter 2 Wilma Removes the Leg Braces and Gets Involved in Athletics
7
Chapter 3 Meeting Ed Temple and Running with the Tennessee State Tigerbelles
15
Chapter 4 Running at the 1956 Olympic Games
29
Chapter 5 Coming Home to Burt High School
41
Chapter 6 Becoming a Tennessee State Tigerbelle
47
Chapter 7 Wilma Runs to History at the 1960 Olympic Games
55
Chapter 8 Wilmas PostOlympic Competitions
67
An American Image
77
Wilma in Retirement
85
Chapter 11 Wilma on WilmaWriting Her Own Story
95
Chapter 12 The Legacy of Wilma RudolphFrom Evelyn Ashford to Marion Jones
103
Performances of African American Women in Olympic Track and Field
113
Bibliography
127
Index
131
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About the author (2006)

Maureen M. Smith is a Professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science.

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