The Hamer Reports
Honoring Our Queens
Sports: Queen Wilma Glodean Rudolph
Queen Rudolph was from Saint Bethlehem,TN.
Her story is a lesson of perseverance. Wilma was born with severe health issues. As a toddler, she contracted pneumonia, scarlet fever and a strand of polio. This would lead to her having to wear a brace on her left leg for most of her childhood. She wore the brace beginning at age four.
With frequent treatments from the medical staff at the HBCU, Meharry Medical College in Nashville and daily massages from family, the brace was removed by age 12.
In 1956, at age sweet 16, Wilma was the youngest member of the USA Track Team and won a bronze medal at the Olympics Games in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1960, Rome, Italy was the site for the summer Olympics and the perfect city for the coronation of Queen Rudolph. She won three gold medals. Her fellow Team USA athletes would become future sports icons too. Among them was Oscar Robertson and Rafer Johnson.
Another Brother was a brass young
boxer, Cassius Clay, who one day would change his name to Muhammad Ali.
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