As a child, doctors told her she would never be able to walk but she became an international track and field star.

So how did that happen?

Gotta Love Sports tells the story of Wilma Rudolph.

“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother,” recalled Rudolph.

She suffered from severe early childhood illnesses such as infantile paralysis caused by polio, double pneumonia and scarlet fever.

Rudolph was able to recover from polio but had to wear a leg brace until she was 8 years old. With the help of physical therapy, she began to walk on her own at age 12.

Able to walk, she began to run and run fast. In high school, she starred on the basketball and track team earning the nickname “Skeeter” for her outstanding speed.

Then Rudolph zoomed her way to the Olympics.

She qualified to compete in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia winning a bronze medal in the 400-meter relay.

Rudolph then became part of the Tennessee state track team competing in three events at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. There she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

As the games were televised, Rudolph became an international icon and was regarded as the “fastest woman in the world.”

Wilma Rudolph's Inspiring Journey

Doctors told Wilma Rudolph she would never walk again, but that didn’t stop her from making Olympic Track & Field history.

Posted by Gotta Love Sports on Thursday, 30 August 2018

 

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