Wilma Rudolph Biography, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Net Worth

Wilma Rudolph Biography: Rudolph was born to Blanche Rudolph in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, on June 23, 1940. He was born early and weighed only 4.5 pounds (2.0 kg). Her father had 22 kids from two different marriages. After her birth, her family moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, where she went to elementary and high school. Her father was a train porter and did other odd jobs, and her mother was a housekeeper in Clarksville. Ed, her father, died in 1961, and her mother died in 1994. Wilma Rudolph Biography.

Rudolph had a hard time with her health when she was young. She had asthma, scarlet fever, and when she was five, she got polio. Even though she got better from polio, it weakened her left leg and foot. She wore a leg brace and a prosthetic shoe for support for most of her early life, but by the time she was twelve, she had been treated at Meharry Medical College and could walk without them.

Rudolph was homeschooled at first because she got sick, but when she was seven, she went to Cobb Elementary School in Clarksville. She was very good at basketball and running in high school. Still, she got pregnant with her first kid, Yolanda, during her senior year. Yolanda was born in 1958, just before she started at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

She kept running track in college and got her bachelor’s degree in education in 1963. She paid for it with a work-study scholarship that forced her to work two hours daily on the TSU campus. During college, Rudolph also joined the Delta Sigma Theta club.

Wilma Rudolph Biography
Wilma Rudolph Biography

Wilma Rudolph Biography

WikiInformation
Full NameWilma Glodean Rudolph
BirthdateJune 23, 1940
Place of BirthSaint Bethlehem, Tennessee, United States
Death DateNovember 12, 1994
CategoryCelebrity
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSprinter, educator, coach
Olympic Games1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome
Events100-meter individual, 200-meter individual, 4 x 100-meter relay
Medals WonThree gold, one bronze
Notable AchievementsOvercame childhood polio, world record holder, first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
Impact and RecognitionRole model for black and female athletes, civil rights and women’s rights pioneers, and prominent black women in America and abroad, memorialized in various tributes, including a U.S. postage stamp, documentary films, and a made-for-television movie.
Birth OrderTwentieth of 22 children
Father’s NameEd Rudolph
Father’s ProfessionRailway porter and odd jobs
Mother’s NameBlanche Rudolph
Mother’s ProfessionMaid
BirthplaceClarksville, Tennessee
Childhood IllnessesPneumonia, scarlet fever, polio
Treatment LocationMeharry Medical College, Nashville
Weekly Travel50 miles (80 km) from Clarksville
Leg BraceWorn until the age of twelve
HomeschoolingDue to frequent illnesses
Elementary SchoolCobb Elementary School, Clarksville
High SchoolBurt High School, Clarksville
PregnancyDuring her senior year of high school
First ChildYolanda
CollegeTennessee State University, Nashville
College MajorEducation
Sorority MembershipDelta Sigma Theta
Scholarship ProgramWork-study

Honors and Awards for Wilma Rudolph: Wilma Rudolph Biography

YearHonour/Award
1960United Press International Athlete of the Year
 Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year
 James E. Sullivan Award
1961Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year
1962Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award
1983U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame
1993National Sports Award
1994National Women’s Hall of Fame
 U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame
1996Women’s Sports Foundation Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Tennessee State University named its indoor track in Rudolph’s honor 
1980Tennessee State University named its indoor track in Rudolph’s honour
1995Wilma G. Rudolph Residence Center at Tennessee State University
1994A portion of U.S. Route 79 was named Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville, TN
1995A black marble marker was placed at Rudolph’s grave Site in Edgefield Missionary Baptist Church
1996A life-size bronze statue of Rudolph was erected in Clarksville, TN
2012Wilma Rudolph Event Center built in Clarksville, TN
2000Wilma Rudolph Oberschule in Berlin, Germany
Rankings 
1999Sports Illustrated ranked Rudolph first on its list of the top fifty most significant sports figures of the twentieth century from Tennessee.
 ESPN ranked Rudolph forty-first in its listing of the twentieth century’s most outstanding athletes
Other Honors 
1973Black Sports Hall of Fame
1994National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame
1996Women’s Sports Foundation selected Rudolph as one of the five greatest women athletes in the United States
2001National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame
 Rudolph had a private meeting with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office
1997Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed that June 23 be known as “Wilma Rudolph Day” in Tennessee
2004U.S. Postal Service issued a 23-cent postage stamp in recognition of her accomplishments

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