“Nothing is Impossible”
- Wilma Rudolph
Born on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee.
Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child who had to wear a brace on her left leg.
She overcame her disabilities to compete in the 1956 Summer Olympic Games, and in 1960, she became the first American woman to win THREE GOLD MEDALS in track and field at a single Olympics.
I hate this drawing a lot. But I am posting anyways. 11/100 #wilmarudolph became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. #womenofcolor
Card of the Day - 8 of Wands
This is a card of Mercury in Sag and as kismet has it it’s a triple Sag day with the Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter all in the sign of the archer. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or generally blah, this is your cue to bust out of it and get re-inspired. The Eight of Wands moves at warp speed despite obstacles not unlike Wilma Rudolph, who conquered polio, perfected the college/work/motherhood trifecta, and went on to become a triple gold medalist at age 20. Wilma as the Eight of Wands reminds us of our own capacities for Speed, Tenacity, and thriving amidst challenge. Today chase the target but pace yourself for best results. It’s tempting to kickstart the weekend and blow your to do list off, but this card says there’s something you need to get cracking on yesterday. Expect incoming news, exciting opportunities, and increased productivity. 💫
Día 25 - Deportista
En los Juegos Olímpicos de Roma 1960, #WilmaRudolph se coronó como la mujer más veloz del mundo. Por su origen afroamericano y su apantallante velocidad, los italianos la llamaron ‘la gazella negra’ y los franceses, ‘la perle noir’.
Su historia es una de determinación. De niña sufrió de neumonía, escarlatina y polio, pero su fuerza interior y una intensa terapia física la llevaron a ganar su primera medalla olímpica a los 16 años.
“Mi doctor me dijo que nunca volvería a caminar. Mi madre me dijo que claro que podría. Le hice caso a mi mamá ”, dijo alguna vez Wilma.
#serie1#inktober#girltober#womanpower#momknowsbest @onumujeresmx @pictoline
This quote hangs on the wall here at RSP. That is because we are committed to bringing awareness and educating the Boston community about the female reproductive health crisis for women of African descent. For more information please visit our website www.rsphealth.org.
Wilma Rudolph’s story is nothing short of a miracle. Born pre-mature, the 20th in a 22 children household, suffering from polio, scarlet fever, pneumonia and a deformed left leg. She wore leg braces for the first 9 years of her life, while her family supported her wholeheartedly, took her to physiotherapy sessions and made her believe in the impossible. All Wilma ever wanted to do, was run. So, in a true Forrest Gump moment, at age 9, young Wilma Rudolph, took off her braces and ran. She played basketball, ran track and participated in every athletic event she could access in her state. When only 16, she was called up to the U.S. Olympic team in the 1956 Games. Although she won Bronze, as part of the women’s sprint relay team, she was not satisfied.
In the 1960 games in Rome, Wilma competed in 3 events - 100m, 200m and 4x100m and won Gold in all 3 events. Although her wind-assisted world-record time in the 100m event was discredited, she was still hailed as the “fastest woman in the world”. She later went on to break the 100m world record, having already held the world record in both, 200m and 4x100m events. Somebody asked her once, what is the secret to her success. She jokingly said, “My doctors had told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”
Lunch break: "I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I'm competing with is me." #wilmarudolph
I'm not a runner, but was thinking about similar themes in the beautiful fresh fall air, while sitting on a bench in the sun in lovely Scoville Park in the awesome town of Oak Park, Illinois, immediately west of Chicago! 🍁🍂🍃🌞 On a not unrelated note, I learned that a continental divide runs through this park, meaning that water on one side of the ridge under these trees runs west to the Mississppi River and the Gulf of Mexico, while water on the other side runs east to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. 💧💧💧💧 Here's to pivot points, new paths, and fresh fall freedom!
Today’s #mondaymotivation quote comes from Wilma Rudolph - Olympic track heroine and civil rights activist. Wilma fought against childhood illnesses including infantile paralysis (caused by polio), pneumonia and scarlet fever and being told she’d never walk again to become the first female athlete to win 3 gold medals at an Olympics Games in 1960 (100m, 200m and 4x100 relay) and was recognised as “the fasted woman in the world”. There’s much more to Wilma’s story (too much to include here) but she’s well worth reading up on. I love her quote because I think it applies to anyone on the health and fitness journey. No matter what your “struggle” is (starting your #couchto5k , hitting a #marathon#pb , or tackling mental health issues) hang in there because you will get to where you need to be and you will learn things about yourself on the journey and it will feel so much better when you get there!
If you want to know more about Wilma, check out the link below:
I’d love to hear about your thoughts on this quote in the comments below. Also - let me know about struggles you’ve overcome and also if there are any motivational women you’d like me to showcase in my blog in the coming weeks.
No one paved the way for black female track and field athletes quite like Wilma Rudolph. At a young age, Rudolph faced adversity when she was diagnosed with polio. But that didn't stop her from racking up three gold medals during the 1960 Olympics. Her performance compelled many young, female teenagers to take an interest in track and field.
Rudolph is also regarded as a civil rights and women's rights pioneer. In 1962 Rudolph retired from competition at the peak of her athletic career as the world record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter individual events and the 4 × 100-meter relay. After competing in the 1960 Summer Olympics, the 1963 graduate of Tennessee State University became an educator and coach. Rudolph and her achievements are memorialized in a variety of tributes, including a U.S. postage stamp, documentary films, and a made-for-television movie, as well as in numerous publications.
A winner and inspiration, the embodiment of an icon.
Wilma Rudolph was born premature in 1940 and was 20th of 22 children. She was told as a child she would never walk again and battled bouts of polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, and double pneumonia. Regardless, Rudolph relentlessly pursued her dreams and became an international track and field star. While still in high school Rudolph competed on the collegiate level and took bronze at the 1956 Olympics. Four years later at the games in Rome, she took home 3 gold medals and set 3 world records earning her the title, “the fastest woman in the world”. She won the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award in 1961. The following year, Rudolph retired from track and field. She went on to finish her degree at Tennessee State University and began working in education. She had four children of her own, coached collegiate track, and said her greatest accomplishment was founding a non-profit amateur sports program, the Wilma Rudolph Foundation. “I tell them that the most important aspect is to be yourself and have confidence in yourself," she said. "I remind them the triumph can't be had without the struggle." Rudolph passed away in 1994 of brain cancer at age 54. Of all our woman crushes so far, Wilma is our favorite. 🏃🏿♀️
Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American sprinter from Clarksville, Tennessee, who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. Rudolph competed in the 200-meter dash and won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100-meter relay at the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne, Australia. She also won three gold medals, in the 100- and 200-meter individual events and the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. Rudolph was acclaimed the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and became the first American woman, to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Due to the worldwide television coverage of the 1960 Summer Olympics, Rudolph became an international star along with other Olympic athletes such as Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali), Oscar Robertson, and Rafer Johnson who competed in Italy. #wilmarudolph