Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Video: Wilma Rudolph, the Unstoppable

Friday, June 15, 2018
Wilma Rudolph wins in Rome 1960
Loretta reports:

My husband, who also is a Nerdy History Person (although suffering from a less virulent form of the disease), sent me this article: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. Not being a Sports Person, I had only recognized her name—something to do with Olympics? That’s as far as it went. Then I read her story, and kept on looking for more and more. She survived and conquered ordeals that would have crushed many of us—well, me, definitely. How about polio and poverty, to start with?

Biography Channel Video: Mini Bio: Wilma Rudolph

You can find many bios online, including this one and this one.

Image: Image: Rudolph convincingly wins the women's 100 meter dash at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

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Hels said...

I went to see a lot of swimming, diving and waterpolo events at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. And loved it all. But successful young women were attracting a lot of attention, presumably because men got all the attention in the past. Wilma Rudolph was terrific.

What a terrible way for a young woman to die :(

Annette N said...

I am old enough to have seen Wilma Rudolph run in races. She was terrific, and it was a time when women were just really beginning to be considered athletes. Wilma Rudolph's would be the picture you would find if you looked in the dictionary under super women athletes.

And as wonderful as she was on the athletic field, she was so much more everywhere else.

Thanks for this reminder of a heroine.

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