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Wilma Rudolph

Three Gold Medals, One Bronze, Track and Field

Born prematurely, Rudolph suffered scarlet fever, double pneumonia and eventually polio as a child, which forced her into metal leg braces at age 6. Fourteen years later, she won both the 100 and 200-meters at the 1960 Olympics to become the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics.

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