Rudolph in 1960
|Full name||Wilma Glodean Rudolph|
The Black Gazelle
The Black Pearl
|Born||June 23, 1940
Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, United States
|Died||November 12, 1994 (aged 54)
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||TSU Tigerbelles, Nashville|
When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.
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.
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.
My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.
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.
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.
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.
I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me.
But when you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals.