As a child, Wilma Rudolph suffered from a disability that forced her to wear a brace on her left leg, but this did not deter her from going on to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field. Although her doctor told her that she may never walk, Wilma proved that with perseverance and physical therapy, great feats are possible and that she would one day do a lot more than walk. After her triumph at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Rudolph became a teacher, a coach and published an autobiography. Wilma may have passed on in 1994, but she continues to be an inspiration to many aspiring track stars today!
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