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Wilma Rudolph

  • Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World ()
  • 'I can't' are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in the world.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Molly Jay, ed., The Winning Woman ()
  • My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Thomas Streissguth, Wilma Rudolph ()
  • I can't are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in myself more than anything else in this world.

  • The doctors told me I would never walk, but my mother told me I would, so I believed in my mother.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Tom Biracree, Wilma Rudolph ()
  • Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.

  • We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Corinne J. Naden and ‎Rose Blue, Wilma Rudolph ()

Wilma Rudolph, U.S. athlete, Olympic medalist

(1940 - 1994)

Full name: Wilma Glodean Rudolph.