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by africa
Rated: 13+ · Script/Play · Experience · #2088696
Courage of Wilma Rudolph
The doctors told my mother I would never walk again, my mother said, I would. The olympics that year has it's special place in history. A young man from Louisville Kentucky would become world famous. Wilma Glodean Rudolph is another person we also need to remember in our minds and hearts. She was 4.5 lbs. at birth, contracted infantile paralysis (caused by polio) at age 4. Her left leg and foot became twisted as a result, wore a brace until age 9. Orthopidic shoes another two years. By 12 she survived bouts of polio and scarlet fever. When treatments were over, God had a plan for this precious youn lady. Started playing basketball, (she was 5'11") and Tennessee State's Ed Temple, track and field coach noticed the high school student as a natural athlete. To keep busy between basketball season she ran track to get some experience. She joined Coach Temple's " Tigerbelle's." By 16 she joined the U.S. Olympic team track and field and came home from the Melbourne games with a bronze medal. At the Pan-Am games she won gold and never looked back. Then on to Rome. U.S. Summer Olympics, she won 3 gold medals, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay. The doctors told my mother I would never walk, " MY mother said, I WOULD! God bless you Blanche Rudolph! ( U.P. Athlete of the year) ( A.P. Women of the year) ( James E. Sullivan award, top amateur athlete of the year) ( Meeting with The President of the United States) ( National Black sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame) ( U.S. Olympic hall of fame) ( National Sports Award) ( National Women's Hall of Fame) ( June 23 " Wilma Rudolph Day in Tennessee) Mama, The doctor"s told me I would never walk again!! "I Did " " Believe and Believe in Yourself"
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