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Title:
Wilma Rudolph : the greatest woman sprinter in history
Author:
Schraff, Anne E.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Profiles Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio to become an Olympic medal-winning runner.
Language:
English
Contents:
The feeling of freedom -- Childhood struggle -- A star athlete is born -- The tigerbelle -- Rome--1960 -- Olympic afterglow -- Retirement and marriage -- Career and motherhood -- The foundation and the last walk -- The legacy of a champion.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 3.0 82561.
ISBN:
9780766022911
Format :
Book

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When Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that she was the fastest woman in the world. Yet this amazing runner had spent much of her childhood unable to walk because of polio. Throughout her life, Rudolph never let public racism or personal hardships get in the way of her dreams. Harnessing the same determination that made her a great athlete, Rudolph went on to use her celebrity to help others. In this fast-paced, inspiring biography, author Anne Schraff tells the story of a world-class sports legend who considered her work with young people to be her most important legacy. Book jacket.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-This objective and honest book describes the Olympic medalist's childhood struggle with polio, her resolve to walk normally again, and her emergence as a star athlete during high school. The author mentions incidents of racism, Rudolph's status as an unwed mother at age 17, and the pressures she faced while trying to support her family. A section at the end discusses her legacy and the impact she still has today. The writing is clear and engaging. Black-and-white photographs of Rudolph and her teammates and coach, as well as other notable African Americans such as Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr., are scattered throughout. A solid addition.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

1 The Feeling of Freedomp. 7
2 Childhood Strugglep. 10
3 A Star Athlete Is Bornp. 21
4 The Tigerbellep. 32
5 Rome--1960p. 42
6 Olympic Afterglowp. 54
7 Retirement and Marriagep. 65
8 Career and Motherhoodp. 73
9 The Foundation and the Last Walkp. 83
10 The Legacy of a Championp. 94
Chronologyp. 99
Chapter Notesp. 101
Further Reading and Internet Addressesp. 109
Indexp. 110