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02/02/04

Black History--Women of Courage: Wilma Rudolph

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It's a story of strength and determination, and just one of many you'll hear as we celebrate Black History Month. Wilma Rudolph was born with polio that left her paralyzed in the left leg and unable to walk well until she was ten.But that never stopped her.

She went on to become the first woman to win three track gold medals in the Olympics. Rudolph won a bronze medal as a member of the women's 4x100 relay team at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. She was also the first black woman to win the Sullivan Award, which recognizes the top amateur athlete in the nation.

Rudolph went on to become a well known lecturer, talk show host and goodwill ambassador.

Wilma Rudolph died at the age of 54 from brain cancer. She will be forever remembered as a woman of courage.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com

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