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Wilma Rudolph

Considered the fastest woman of the 1960s, Wilma Rudolph’s rise to the top of the track and field world was a remarkable one. The three-time Gold medal winner was born premature and battled infantile paralysis, scarlet fever and whopping cough before the age of 12. Despite her Olympic success, Rudolph still pursued her college degree in elementary education from Tennessee State University. 

 

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