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Week of March 25, 2002

IMA Hero™ Celebrates
Wilma Rudolph & Sundance Elementary School!!!

Sundance Elementary School highlighted Wilma Rudolph in its school-wide February Reading Program. This page celebrates the hard-work and dedication of Wilma Rudolph and the students at Sundance Elementary School. Happy Learning!


"I tell them that the most important aspect is to be yourself and have confidence in yourself...I remind them the triumph can't be had without the struggle." Wilma Rudolph's comments about what she tells the young athletes served by the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

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Drawing of a made up Wilma Rudolph IMA Hero™ Bear with her 3 Gold Medals from the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. The Olympic Rings are her emblem. Can you create an IMA Hero™ Bear?

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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
GREAT book to introduce young readers to the INCREDIBLE and INSPIRATIONAL story of Wilma Rudolph. It tells how Wilma overcame polio at a young age, excelled in basketball, and became a United States track and field Olympian.

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Question:
How many Gold Medals did Wilma Rudolph win at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome?

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Did you know June 23 is Wilma Rudolph Day in Tennessee?

Yes. On June 20, 1997, Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed June 23 as Wilma Rudolph Day in Tennessee. Wilma was born on June 23, 1940, in Clarksville, Tennessee.

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Wilma Rudolph is my hero. Her accomplishments at the 1960 Olympic Games are incredible. She won three Gold Medals -- this was the first time an American woman had done this. And what is even more impressive is her life's story before she got to the Olympics. When she was young, she had polio. The doctors thought she would either die or not walk again. Wilma was determined to get better. She kept exercising and knew one day she would walk, run, and play sports. Her first step was walking with a leg brace, and her next step was walking without a leg brace. She did both, and then she won three Gold Medals. Wilma is not my hero only because she won the Gold Medals. She is my hero because of her determination and hard work.

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Question:
Who was Wilma Rudolph?

Answer:
Wilma Rudolph was a U.S. athlete, teacher, and hero. She was born on June 23, 1940, in Clarksville, Tennessee. She had 21 brothers and sisters.

As a child, Wilma was sick with chicken pox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, double pneumonia, and polio. Polio was very severe. Most children who contracted polio either died or would never walk again. Wilma was determined to walk and continued to exercise her paralyzed left leg. By age six, Wilma was fitted with a heavy steal brace to allow her to walk. One day, Wilma took off her brace and walked on her own. By age twelve, Wilma could walk without her brace, and she even mailed her brace back to the hospital where she received it.

In high school, Wilma became a basketball star and led her team to the Tennessee State Championships. Although her team lost, she captured the attention of Ed Temple, the Tennessee State University track and field coach. Wilma was given a full athletic scholarship to Tennessee State University.

In 1956, Wilma represented the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne. She won a bronze medal for the 4 x 100 meter relay race. In 1960, Wilma again represented the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. She won gold medals in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and the 4 x 100 meter relay race. Did you know this was the first time a woman had ever won 3 Gold Medals in a single Olympic Game? On her return home, Clarksville threw a parade for Wilma, and it was the first integrated event in Clarksville.

After athletics, Wilma was a teacher, coach, and mother of four children. She served as a U.S. Goodwill Ambassador and started the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to inspire young athletes. Wilma Rudolph died on November 12, 1994, in her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Question:
How many Gold Medals did Wilma Rudolph win at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome?

Answer:
Three.
She won a gold medal in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4 x 100 meter relay race. She was the first American woman to win three Gold Medals in one Olympic Games, and she became known as "the fastest woman in the world." Did you know Wilma also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay race at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne? Yes, she was only 16 years old at the time.

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