I always had admired sprinters when I was growing up, and Wilma Rudolph was one them. I have even higher regard for her when I found out she overcame polio to become an Olympic champion. And I was especially blessed to have her receive an honorary degree from my alma mater during my graduation ceremony.
Kristi Yamaguchi - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Champion ... Kristi Yamaguchi was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976. Yamaguchi competed in pairs skating with partner Rudy Galindo. In 1989, she became the first woman, in thirty-five years, to win two medals, one in singles and one in pairs, at the U.S. nationals.