Wilma Rudolph

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Timeline Birthday She was born in Clarksville, Tennesse along with 21 other silblings. Wilma was also born prematurely.
Rudolph Has Polio Polio is a disease that makes people with it crippled and they can no longer walk. Wilma's mother did everything that she could so that Wilma could walk someday, but they were poor and all their doctors said that she would not be able to walk. At least four times a day she had to get her legs massaged and she went to therapy.
Schools Cobb Elementary When she was seven years old, she started attending at Cobb Elementary school after being home-schooled up until then.
Timeline Can walk with a leg brace When Wilma was eight years old she could finally walk with a leg brace and a special shoe. Though, later on, her mother found out that she could play basketball without her specially designed shoes on.
Rudolph First Spotted Ed Temple first spotted Wilma at her basketball game in her sophmore year. Although Wilma had tons of talent for basketball the coach never put her in before her sophmore year. Ed Temple was the Tennesse track coach and because Burt High School didn't have funding for a track team, he invited her to compete in meets with them.
Runnrun Went to her first Olympic She was only sixteen and won a bronze in the 4X400 Relay
Timeline Tennesse State University Wilma attends Tennesse State University after being at numerous practices.
Wilma Rome Olympics Wilma had once again qualified for the olympics in 1959, although the olympics were in 1960. There she made the world record for the 200-meter relay. She came back with two gold medals, actually, 100-meter relay and of course the 200-meter relay. Wilma had also set a record for the U.S., most medals for an american women in one olympic.
Timeline Athlete of the year She was named the United Press Athlete of the year and the AP Women Athlete of the year
Wilma rudolph Retired Wilma Rudolph decides to retire from running, but still attended track meets to support other runners. She was only 22 years old. Wilma decided to end her career with the 1960 Olympics.
Timeline Goodwill Ambassador She was selected to be the Goodwill ambassador for the Games of Friendship. It was held in Dakar, Senegal. Although later in the year she even got chosen to be in the Baptist Christian Athletes in Japan.
Awards Black Athletes Hall of Fame Wilma was abducted into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame.
Runner National Track and Field This year Wilma Rudolph was abducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Book Autobiography Wilma published her own autobiography
Herwilma Movie After all the honors she got, NBC decided to make a movie on her life based on her autobiography.
Timeline Wilma Rudolph Foundation The Wilma Rudolph foundation is a non-profit organization to help young athletes who can't afford it
Florence Inspiration Florence Griffith Joyner was inspired by Wilma and the next american women to win three gold medals in one olympics. Wilma was also happy to see her run because it made her feel like she was running too.
Timeline Wilma's death Wilma died in her home in Nashville, Tennesse from brain cancer at 54.
Stamp Postage stamp The U.S. Postal service honored Wilma by putting my picture on a 23 cent stamp
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