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Wilma Rudolph

14. Wilma Rudolph

No other great athlete lived a life of such extremes. She suffered from polio as a child and died too young of cancer, but in between, she was a captivating and conquering sprinter. We all fell in love with the prime Tigerbelle from Tennessee State at the '60 Olympics in Rome, where she was so scintillating that she made a young boxer named Cassius Clay an envious second banana.

Photograph by John G. Zimmerman

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