She has also won seven national aau sprint titles and set the women's indoor track record.9 seconds in the 60-yard dash. As Rudolph explained it, she retired at the peak of her athletic career because she wanted to leave the sport while still at her best. As such, she did not compete at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in tokyo, japan, 15 30 saying, "If I won two gold medals, there would be something lacking. I'll stick with the glory i've already won like jesse Owens did in 1936." 15 After retiring from competition, rudolph continued her education at Tennessee state and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1963. 8 12 That year she also made a month-long trip to west Africa as a goodwill ambassador for the. Rudolph served. Representative to the 1963 Friendship Games in dakar, senegal, and visited Ghana, guinea, mali, and Upper Volta, where she attended sporting events, visited schools, and made guest appearances on television and radio broadcasts.
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An estimated 1,100 attended the banquet in her honor and thousands lined the city streets to watch the parade. 7 22 Rudolph's gold-medal victories in Rome also "propelled her to become one of the most highly visible black women across the United States and around the world." 23 Her Olympic star status also "gave an enormous boost to the indoor track circuit in the. In addition, she was invited to compete in New York Athletic Club track events and became the first woman invited to compete at the melrose games. Rudolph was also invited to compete at the penn Relays and the Drake relays, among others. 3 25 Following her Olympic victories the United States Information Agency's made a ten-minute documentary film, wilma rudolph: Olympic Champion (1961 to highlight her accomplishments on the track. 26 Rudolph's appearance in 1960 on to tell the Truth, an American television game show, and later as a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show also helped promote her status as an iconic sports star. 27 In 1961 Rudolph married William Ward, a north Carolina college at Durham track team member; 28 they divorced in 1963. 29 In the interim, rudolph retired from track competition at the age of twenty-two, following victories in the 100-meter and 4 x 100-meter-relay short races at. Soviet meet at Stanford University in 1962. 30 At the time of her retirement, rudolph was still the world record-holder in the 100-meter (11.2 seconds set on July 19, 1961 200-meter (22.9 seconds set on July 9, 1960 and 4 x 100-meter-relay events.
4 7 Rudolph had a special, personal reason to hope for victory—to pay tribute to jesse Owens, the celebrated American athlete and star of the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, germany, who had been her inspiration. 16 Rudolph was one of the most popular athletes of the 1960 Rome Olympics and emerged from the Olympic Games as "The tornado, the fastest woman on earth." 17 The Italians nicknamed her "la gazzella nera" The Black gazelle 18 and the French called her. 17 Along with other 1960 Olympic athletes such as Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali oscar Robertson, and Rafer Johnson, rudolph became an international star due to the first worldwide television coverage of the Olympics that year. rome Olympics launched Rudolph into the public spotlight and the media cast her as America's athletic "leading lady" and a "queen with praises of her athletic accomplishments as well as her feminine beauty and poise. 21 Post-Olympic career edit rudolph at the finish line during 50-yard dash at track meet in Madison Square roles garden, 1961 Rudolph returned home to Clarksville after completing a post-games European tour, where she and her Olympic teammates competed in meets in London, west Germany, the. Rudolph's hometown of Clarksville celebrated "Welcome wilma day" on October 4, 1960, with a full day of festivities. Because rudolph adamantly insisted, her homecoming parade and banquet became the first fully integrated municipal event in the city's history.
Ummer Olympics in Rome, italy, rudolph competed in three events on a cinder track in Rome's Stadio olimpico: the 100- and 200-meter sprints, as well as the 4 100-meter relay. Rudolph, who won a gold medal in each of these events, became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympiad. 4 5 Rudolph ran the finals in the 100-meter dash in a wind-aided time.0 seconds. (The record-setting time was not credited as a world record, because the wind,.75 metres (3.01 yd) per second, exceeded the maximum of 2 metres (2.2 yd).) Rudolph became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the 100-meter race since helen Stephens's win. 5 15 Rudolph won another gold medal in the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time.0 seconds, after setting a new Olympic record.2 seconds in the opening heat. 2 After these wins she was hailed throughout the world as "the fastest woman in history." 2 On September 7, 1960, the temperature climbed toward 110 F (43 C) as thousands of spectators jammed the stadium. Rudolph combined efforts with her Olympic teammates from Tennessee state— martha hudson, lucinda williams, and Barbara jones—to win the 4 100-meter relay with a time.5 seconds, after setting a world record.4 seconds in the semifinals. Rudolph ran the anchor leg for the American team in the finals and nearly dropped the baton after a pass from Williams, but she overtook germany's anchor leg to win the relay in a close finish.
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The australian team, with the business 100- and 200-meter gold medalist Betty cuthbert as their anchor leg, won the gold medal in a time.5 seconds. 7 After Rudolph returned to her Tennessee home from the melbourne Olympic Games, she showed her high school classmates the bronze medal that she had won and decided to try to win a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, italy. 1 7 In 1958 Rudolph enrolled at Tennessee state, where temple continued as her track coach. 8 In 1959, at the pan American Games in Chicago, illinois, rudolph won a silver medal in the 100-meter individual event, as well as a gold medal in the 4 100-meter relay with teammates Isabelle daniels, barbara jones, and Lucinda williams. In addition, rudolph won the aau 100-meter title in 1959 and defended it for four consecutive years.
During her career, rudolph also won three aau indoor titles. 1 1960 Summer Olympics edit rudolph convincingly wins the women's 100 meter dash at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. While she was still a sophomore at Tennessee state, rudolph competed in the. Olympic track and field trials at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, texas, where she set a world record in the 200-meter dash that stood for eight years. She also qualified for the 1960 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter dash.
Rudolph had already gained some track experience on Burt High School's track team two years earlier, mostly as a way to keep busy between basketball seasons. 13 As a high school sophomore rudolph competed at Alabama 's Tuskeegee institute in her first major track event. Although she lost the race, rudolph was determined to continue competing and win. 3 Temple invited fourteen-year-old Rudolph to join his summer training program at Tennessee state. After attending the track camp, rudolph won all nine events. She entered at an Amateur Athletic Union track meet in Philadelphia, pennsylvania.
3 Under Temple's guidance she continued to train regularly at tsu while still a high school student. Rudolph raced at amateur athletic events with tsu's womens track team, known as the tigerbelles, for two more years before enrolling at tsu as a student in 1958. 7 1956 Summer Olympics edit When Rudolph was sixteen and a junior in high school, she attended the 1956. Olympic track and field team trials in seattle, washington, and qualified to compete in the 200-meter individual event at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, australia. Rudolph, the youngest member of the. Olympic team, was one of five tsu tigerbelles to qualify for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. 2 14 Rudolph was defeated in a preliminary heat of the 200-meter race at the melbourne Olympic Games, but ran the third leg of the 4 100 m relay. 15 The American team of Rudolph, Isabelle daniels, mae faggs, and Margaret Matthews, all of whom were tsu tigerbelles, won the bronze medal, matching the world-record time.9 seconds. The British team won the silver medal.
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After completing several years of medical treatments to regain the margaret use of her left leg, rudolph chose to follow in her sister Yolanda's footsteps and began playing basketball in the eighth grade. Rudolph continued to play basketball in high school, where she became a starter on the team, and began competing in track. In her sophomore year Rudolph scored 803 points and set a new record for high school girls' basketball. 3 Rudolph's high school coach,. Gray, gave her the nickname of skeeter (for mosquito because she moved so fast. 7 While playing for her high school basketball team, rudolph was spotted by Ed Temple, tennessee state's track and field coach, a major break for the promising young athlete. The day that Temple saw the tenth grader for the first time, he knew she was a natural athlete.
8 Rudolph attended Clarksville's all-black burt High School, where she excelled in basketball and track. During her senior year of high school Rudolph became pregnant with her first child, yolanda, who was born in 1958, a few weeks prior to her enrollment at Tennessee state University in Nashville. 2 11 In college rudolph continued to compete in track. She also became a member of the delta sigma Theta sorority. Rudolph graduated from Tennessee state with a bachelor's degree in education in 1963. Rudolph's college education was paid for through her participation in a work-study scholarship program that required her to work on the tsu campus for two hours a day. 12 3 8 Early years edit rudolph was first introduced to organized sports at Burt High School, the center of Clarksville's African American community.
including pneumonia and scarlet fever, and contracted infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) at the age of four. 8 She recovered from polio, but lost strength in her left leg and foot. Physically disabled for much of her early life, rudolph wore a leg brace until she was eight years old. Because there was little medical care available to African American residents of Clarksville in the 1940s, rudolph's parents sought treatment for her at the historically black meharry medical College (now Nashville general Hospital at Meharry) in Nashville, tennessee, about 50 miles (80 km) from Clarksville. 9 For two years Rudolph and her mother made weekly bus trips to nashville for treatments to regain the use of her weakened leg. 9 She also received subsequent at-home massage treatments four times a day from members of her family and wore an orthopedic shoe for support of her foot for another two years. 10 Because of the treatments she received at Meharry and the daily massages from her family members, rudolph was able to overcome the debilitating effects of polio and learned to walk without a leg brace or orthopedic shoe for support by the time she was. 3 8 Rudolph was initially homeschooled due to the frequent illnesses that caused her to miss kindergarten and first grade. She began attending second grade at Cobb Elementary School in Clarksville in 1947, when she was seven years old.
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. Tennessee state University became an educator and coach. Rudolph and her achievements are memorialized in a variety of tributes, including. Postage stamp, documentary films, and a made-for-television movie, as well as in numerous publications, especially books for young readers. Contents, early life and education edit, rudolph was born prematurely.5 pounds (2.0 kg) on June 23, 1940,. Saint Bethlehem, tennessee (now part of Clarksville, tn). 1 3 Rudolph, who was born into poverty in the racially segregated south, was the twentieth of twenty-two siblings from her father's two marriages. 4 5 6 Shortly after Wilma's birth, her family moved to Clarksville, tennessee, 3 where she grew up and attended elementary and high school.
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Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 november 12, 1994) was an paper 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 19Olympic 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. Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali oscar Robertson, and, rafer Johnson who competed in Italy. As an Olympic champion in the early 1960s, rudolph was among the most highly visible black women in America and abroad. She became a role model for black and female athletes and her Olympic successes helped elevate women's track and field in the United States. Rudolph is also regarded as a civil rights and women's rights pioneer.