Wilma Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was born prematurely at 4.5 lbs. , the 20th of 21 other brothers and sisters, and caught infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) as a very young child. She recovered, but wore a brace on her left leg and foot which had become twisted as a result. By the time she was twelve years old, she had also survived scarlet fever, whooping cough, chickenpox, and measles. She also had to have a leg brace on for three years(6 to 9).
In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games.She was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960. -Source: Wikipedia
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