Saturday, January 28, 2012

What is your excuse?

Wilma Rudolph was born two months premature. She weighed only four and one half pounds at birth. Since the local hospital where the family lived did not take black patients, her mother chose to nurse her at home.

Rudolph suffered from an alarming succession of childhood illnesses - measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever and double pneumonia. Then Wilma's leg began to weaken and become more and more deformed. Her mother boarded a Greyhound bus and took Wilma to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The doctors told her mother that Wilma had a disease that had no cure and that Wilma would never be able to walk.

Wilma would prove the doctors wrong. First, she learned to walk with metal leg braces. Then, she learned to run. The braces came off and she kept running.

Wilma Rudolph won a track scholarship to Tennessee State University. In 1960, she traveled to Rome to represent the U.S. in the Olympic Games. She came home with three gold medals and three new world records. She became "the fastest woman in the world."

So what is your excuse?

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