“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”
– Wilma Rudolph, who overcome infantile paralysis caused by polio, during which she lost strength in her left leg and foot for many of her early years, to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track and field in one Olympics and set the world record in the 200m dash. This she accomplished as a twenty year old at the 1960 Olympics.
“Wilma Rudolph quote” sources: Dutch National Archives, The Hague (no changes made) / Wikimedia Commons.