Wilma Rudolph: African American Olympic legend
Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history by becoming the first woman, not to mention the first African-American woman, to win three gold medals in 1960.
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Wilma Rudolph, also known as "The Black Gazelle", "The Tornado" and "The Black Pearl", was the first woman to ever win three track and field gold medals in one Olympic Game. The Tennessee State alumni was also a noted Civil Rights and Women's Rights advocate and pioneer.
September 2, 1960: Wilma Rudolph Wins Gold
On September 2, 1960, 20 year-old Wilma Rudolph took the Gold Medal in the 100 meter while setting a World record for the event as she blaze...