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1960: Wilma Rudolph becomes the first woman in Olympics history to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

The three winners of the Ladies 200 metre final at the Rome Olympics, September From left to right, Britain's Dorothy Hyman (bronze), the USA's Wilma Rudolph (gold) and Germany's Jutta Heine (silver). (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Wilma Rudolph, Lucinda Williams, Barbara Jones, and Martha Hudson won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in the Relay.

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Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete (1940-1994) Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

The 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years

Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. As a young child she was paralysed by polio, and contracted both scarlet fever and double pneumonia. Many doctors felt she would never walk again, yet she always believed otherwise. By the time she was 12, she had regained her ability to walk and took up athletics. Eight years later she was an Olympic champion.

Wlma RUDOLPH, born 23 June overcame polio to become an Olympic sprint champion. She competed at the Melbourne Stockholm 1956 and Rome 1960 Olympics.

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."  - Wilma Rudolph

Olympian track and field medalist Wilma Rudolph overcame polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles to become "fastest womin in the world"

Florence Griffith Joyner, left, meets with Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals in Rome in 1960. Rudolph is the director of the Seagram's 'Send the Families' program which paid the expenses of 550 immediate family members of Olympians to come to Seoul. Joyner selected her husband Al Joyner to be her Beneficiary in the program.

Florence Griffith Joyner, left, meets with Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals in Rome in 1960. Rudolph is the director of the Seagram's 'Send the Families' program which paid the expenses of 550 immediate family members of Olympians to come to Seoul. Joyner selected her husband Al Joyner to be her Beneficiary in the program.

1984 - Evelyn Ashford Track and Field, 4x100m Relay, Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games  Evelyn Ashford in the 4x100m relay, in which her USA team won the gold medal.

History of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

1984 - Evelyn Ashford Track and Field, Relay, Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games Evelyn Ashford in the relay, in which her USA team won the gold medal.

WILMA RUDOLPH -- 3 gold medals in the 1960 Summer Olympics for running

Wilma Rudolph - 1956 Bronze Medalist in relay at At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, she won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and relay, as she earned the nickname "The Tornado.

Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" and "The Black Pearl", was the first woman to ever win three track and field gold medals in one Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights and Women's Rights advocate and pioneer.

Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" "The Black Pearl", was the woman to ever win 3 track field gold medals in 1 Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights Women's Rights advocate pioneer.

Today in Black History: Wyomia Tyus. Click to read my blog post!

Wyomia Tyus becomes the first person to win a gold medal in the 100 meter race in two consecutive Olympic games (October in Mexico City.

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