Wilma Rudolph: A Biography

Wilma Rudolph: A Biography

by Maureen Margaret Smith


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, September 26


Wilma Rudolph was born into a large family and struggled with health problems for the first several years of her life, including polio. Though she had trouble even walking, her love of sport and movement motivated her to rehabilitate her legs. Rudolph would blossom into athletic talent and after earning a scholarship to Tennessee State, qualified for the 1960 Olympic Games where she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field.

Throughout her life, Wilma Rudolph faced many barriers and yet she was able to overcome the odds to become an Olympic gold medalist. After hanging up her spikes, Wilma would teach second grade and coach track at her former high school. This work describes her life in detail, and includes a timeline of significant events in her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313333071
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2006
Series: Greenwood Biographies
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 640,951
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maureen M. Smith is a Professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science.

Table of Contents



A Legend is Born—The Early Days of Wilma Rudolph

Wima Removes the Leg Braces and Gets Involved in Athletics

Meeting Ed Temple and Running with the Tenessee State Tigerbelles

Running at the 1956 Olympic Games

Coming Home to Burt High School

Becoming a Tennessee State Tigerbelle

Willma Runs to History at the 1960 Olympic Games

Wilma's Post-Olympic Competitions

Wilma Rudolph—An American Image

Hanging Up the Spikes: Wilma in Retirement

Wilma on Wilma—Writing Her Own Story

The Legacy of WIlma Rudolph—From Evely Ashford to Marion Jones




Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews