Wilma Rudolph: A Biography
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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Chapter 1 A Legend is BornThe Early Days of Wilma Rudolph
Chapter 2 Wilma Removes the Leg Braces and Gets Involved in Athletics
Chapter 3 Meeting Ed Temple and Running with the Tennessee State Tigerbelles
Chapter 4 Running at the 1956 Olympic Games
Chapter 5 Coming Home to Burt High School
Chapter 6 Becoming a Tennessee State Tigerbelle
Chapter 7 Wilma Runs to History at the 1960 Olympic Games
Chapter 8 Wilmas PostOlympic Competitions