Wilma Rudolph, athlete
June 23, 1940-November 12, 1994
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz (Harcourt, 1996)
A sickly child, Rudolph grew up to be the first woman to win three, count ‘em, three Olympic gold medals. What an inspiration!
The 2008 Olympics site offers a photo of Rudolph at the Rome 1960 Olympics and a brief bio.