WILMA RUDOLPH USA

3 AUG 1960: WILMA RUDOLPH OF THE USA, MIDDLE, STAND ON THE AWARDS STAND WITH COMPETITORS DOROTHY HYMAN, LEFT, AND G. LEONE AFTER WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE 200 METER SPRINT AT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN ROME, ITALY. Mandatory Credit: HULTON DEUTSCH/ALL

Wilma Rudolph defied all odds. Born prematurely and stricken with polio as a child, it seemed she would never walk again, let alone run a race. Growing up as an African-American woman in the 1960s Southern USA compounded her problems. But that didn’t stop her. She eventually shed the leg brace she had to wear by the age of 12 and began playing basketball, and eventually running in track and field. In 1960, she made it to the Summer Olympics in Rome. In the stifling heat she won 3 gold medals, the first American woman to do so. Dubbed “The Tennessee Tornado” she is still considered one of the fastest female runners, ever.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 12:1-2, NRSV

Image Credit: Hulton Deutsch/ALL

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