Fun Fact 2 Wilma Rudolph was a famous American female athlete and an
Olympic Champion. She was famous for being a powerful and superfast
Fun Fact 3: Wilma Rudolph was classed as the fastest female in the world
during the 1960s.
Fun Fact 4: Wilma Rudolph received various nicknames associated with her
athletic ability and speed. The nicknames included The Black Gazelle,
The Tornado and The Black Pearl. She received these nicknames when she
became an Olympic champion in 1960.
Fun Fact 5: Wilma Rudolph competed in the Olympic Games in the years of
1956 and 1960. It was during the 1960's games, held in Rome, that she
performed particularly well.
Fun Fact 6: Wilma Rudolph became the first female to win 3 Olympic gold
medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. She won these
medals during the 1960 Olympic Games held in the city of Rome, Italy.
Fun Fact 7: Wilma Rudolph became an international star following her
outstanding performance during the 1960 Olympic Games. This was the
first year that the Olympic Games were covered by international
Fun Fact 8: Wilma Rudolph was fairly tall for a female, her height was
180cm which is equivalent to 5 ft 11 inches. She weighed 130 lb.
Fun Fact 9: Wilma Rudolph had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot
as a child as she suffered from infantile paralysis as a result of the
polio virus which had left her with a twisted leg/foot. She wore the
brace until she was nine years old.
Fun Fact 10: Wilma Rudolph was discovered by a man called Ed Temple. He
was a track and field coach for Tennessee State and he spotted her when
she was playing a game of basketball. He could see that she was a
natural with a great deal of potential.
Fun Fact 11: Wilma Rudolph attended Burt High School. She joined the
school's basketball team and soon became a star, leading the team to
Fun Fact 12: Wilma Rudolph first competed in the Olympic Games in 1956,
they were held in Melbourne and she managed to win a bronze medal in the
4x100m relay. She was only 16 years of age at the time.
Fun Fact 13: Wilma Rudolph won many medals during her athletic career
including silver and gold medals at the Pan American Games. She also won
the AAU 100m title four years in a row, as well as three indoor AAU
Fun Fact 14: Wilma Rudolph won the award for the top amateur athlete in
the United States of America in 1961. The award is known as the James E.
Fun Fact 15: Wilma Rudolph had four children called Yolanda, Djuanna,
Robert Jr and Xurry. This incredible athlete passed away in 1994 when
she was just 54 years of age. She died from a brain tumor.