Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman
by Kathleen Krull
Just before her fifth birthday, Wilma Rudolph contracted polio and was never expected to walk again. But with dedicated perseverance she was out of her leg brace by age 12, eventually running to represent the United States in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. One of 22 children, and a black woman in the mid-20th century, Wilma struggled to find her place in the world, ultimately sprinting past social and physical obstacles that could have prevented her from reaching Gold.