U.S. "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother" - Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in track and field events at Rome Olympics Games, 1960
50 stunning Olympic moments: Wilma Rudolph – in pictures
Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. She won global fame as the fastest woman in the world. Just two years later, she retired, her legacy having been written. She died in 1994 at the age of 54.
Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" and "The Black Pearl", was the first woman to ever win three track and field gold medals in one Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights and Women's Rights advocate and pioneer.
Athlete Wilma Rudolph was born the twentieth of twenty-one children and battled polio until the age of 12, become an athlete. earning a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. She graduated in 1963 Rudolph competed in the Olympics first time 1956, winning a bronze medal . She returned to the Olympics 1960, became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics. Her achievements in the Olympics led her to become one of the most celebrated female athletes of all…