Wilma was born with polio and suffered from serious bouts of pneumonia and scarlet fever as a young child. She has to wear Brace as per medical advice. Everyone believed she could not walk all through life. But her mother was not among them. She encouraged Wilma to expect good and feel good and work for the best. Her mother was confident that with practice and hard work coupled with divine touch she can walk again. She wore a leg brace from the time she was five until she was 11 years old. From the age of 11, she began to walk despite the advice of doctors not to do so. When Wilma was 13, she got involved in organized sports at school, including basketball and track. Soon she was running and winning races. She was invited to a training camp at Tennessee State University by coach Ed Temple, who coached numerous track and field athletes and became Wilma's most important professional influence.
In 1960, WILMA RUDOLF set a world record for the 200 meter Olympic. During the Olympic games in Rome, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals.