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Wilma Rudolph

Rudolph in 1960
Personal information
Full name Wilma Glodean Rudolph[1]
Nickname(s) Skeeter[2]
The Black Gazelle
The Tornado
The Black Pearl
Born June 23, 1940
Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, United States
Died November 12, 1994 (aged 54)
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
Residence Nashville
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)[1]
Sport Track and field
Club TSU Tigerbelles, Nashville

I don't know why I run so fast. I just run.
When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.
Wilma Rudolph
The triumph can't be had without the struggle.
Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.
I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.
Wilma Rudolph
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
Wilma Rudolph
My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.
Wilma Rudolph
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
It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline. I was determined to discover what life held for me beyond the inner-city streets.
Wilma Rudolph
Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.
The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me, three Olympic gold medals. I knew that was something nobody could ever take away from me, ever.
Wilma Rudolph
I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me.
Wilma Rudolph
I believe in me more than anything in this world.
But when you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals.
Wilma Rudolph
No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.