Rudolph became the first American female track & field athlete to win three gold medals in one Olympic games. She raised the profile of track & field in the U.S. and she used her status to support civil rights and women's rights.RANK: 78 LOCATION: Stadio Olimpico | Rome, Italy DATE: 9/8/1960 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics

By Maggie Gray
March 02, 2013

Wilma Rudolph broke world records in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, winning three gold medals in the process. She had overcome polio as a child to reach the Olympics.

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