[Written by: Gabriel Scott]
The story of Wilma Rudolph is a great example of how mental strength, drive, self-determination, perseverance and hard work can pay off in the long run. At the young age of four, Wilma was diagnosed with scarlet fever, double pneumonia and polio, in which limited her physical abilities. She was told by her doctor that she will be physically disabled for the rest of her life. She wasn't going to let that hinder her. Knowing she had a love for track and field, she received physical therapy, training and good advice to help her move forward. Wilma excelled at Tennessee State and went on to compete in the 1960 Olympics in Rome; becoming the first African American woman to win three gold medals. Wilma Rudolph went from being told she'll never walk again to becoming the FASTEST woman in the entire world....how Amazing is that!