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Wilma Rudolph's Uphill Battle to Olympic Gold


Wilma Rudolph retired from her running career when she was 22 years old. She went on to coach women’s track teams, encouraged and motivated other young people to reach their dreams, and even started a foundation for children. In 1994, brain and throat cancer took her life, but her influence still lives on today.

One of my favorite quotes from Wilma Rudolph said, “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. And I know what struggle is.”

Does her quote strike a chord with you? To me, it's about reaching any goal, whether you want to lose weight, get healthy, or fulfill a childhood dream. There are many struggles we all must overcome, but when we do, it makes our achievement that much better. Like Wilma who had a loving family and involved coaches help her learn to walk and then run, we do not have to face our struggles alone either. We can help each other through encouraging words and support just as Wilma’s brothers and sisters lovingly massaged her legs. We can help each other to fulfill our dreams and overcome our obstacles!

This is the lesson you can learn from one of America's greatest Olympic athletes. Even when things seem hopeless, and even if people tell you that it's impossible, never, never give up.

Editor's Note: We hope you'll enjoy this video we found about Wilma Rudolph and her many struggles and accomplishments.

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Jason Anderson Jason Anderson
Jason loves to see people realize the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. He is a certified personal trainer and enjoys running races--from 5Ks to 50K ultramarathons. See all of Jason's articles.

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