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Wilma Rudolph
By: Patrick D.
Indiana, Grade 3



“I would be very disappointed if I were only remembered as a runner because I feel that my contribution to the youth of America has far exceeded the woman who was the Olympic champion. The challenge is still there.”
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Imagine yourself having polio and still being the fastest runner in the world. Wilma Rudolph did just that. She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee and born in the year of 1940. She had 19 brothers and sisters. She had the disease of polio at the age of five. She overcame the sickness of polio by walking without the leg brace the doctor gave her.
When Wilma grew up to be an Olympic runner. A track coach saw her run and then she became the world’s fastest runner. She won three gold medals in the Olympics. She became a second grade teacher after she retired from running. Then the person who used to be the fastest runner in the world died in 1994.
I think Wilma Rudolph was the best athlete ever because she the courage to overcome polio. She had great faith in herself and that’s why she became one the world’s fastest runners.




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