College Essay- Wilma Rudolph

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Within my sixteen years of life, I have learned that no matter what anyone tells me, I can never give up on my dreams, or myself. I have suffered from multiple leg injuries, as well as Osgood Schlatter Disease in my knee. Many times, I was told that I would not be able to go back to track or be as successful as a was. I believed in myself and believed that I would be able to run again and I am. A big reason why I had such faith in myself was because of Wilma Rudolph, a deceased Olympic champion. Her story has had such a big impact on my life ever since I was in the second grade. Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940 as a premature infant. At the age of 4, Wilma was diagnosed with Polio and had to wear a knee brace on her left leg. “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother said I would. I believed my mother.” With hard work, determination and physical therapy, Wilma Rudolph was walking again by the age of 12. While in high school, she joined the basketball team, and was viewed as an outstanding player and also a potential track star. Wilma Rudolph overcame her disability and became a gifted runner. When she was 16 years of age, she was working out and training with a college track team and won a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics in the 4x100m event. Four years later, she won three gold medals in the Olympic Games in 1960. Wilma Rudolph was the first women to ever win that many gold medals in one Olympic games. She was phenomenal. Wilma Rudolph retired and became a teacher and track coach, helping others work towards their dreams. For her outstanding work in life, Wilma received recognition in the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, the National Track Hall of Fame and received the Associated Press Women Athlete of the year twice. Unfortunately, she died of brain cancer at the of 54. After her death, the Women’s Sports Foundation began to give

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