Wilma Rudolph

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Birthday
23, 1940
Birthplace
Saint Bethlehem, TN
Death Date
Nov 12, 1994 (54)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
23, 1940
Birthplace
Saint Bethlehem, TN
Death Date
Nov 12, 1994 (54)

About

American athlete who won three gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics, winning the 100m, 200m, and 4 x 100m relay, becoming the first American woman to take home three gold medals in track and field at a single Games.

Before Fame

She wore braces on her legs until she was nine due to complications from infantile paralysis. She played basketball in high school and first competed in the Olympics in 1956.

Trivia

She was named the AP's Woman Athlete of the Year in 1960 and 1961 and is a member of the US Olympic Hall of Fame. She later worked as a teacher.

Family Life

She had four children with Robert Eldridge.

Associated With

She competed in the 1960 Olympics with Muhammad Ali.