Wilma Rudolph

Sport (Years Played): Track and Field (1956-1962)
No one paved the way for black female track and field athletes quite like Wilma Rudolph. At a young age, Rudolph faced adversity when she was diagnosed with polio. But that didn't stop her from racking up three gold medals during the 1960 Olympics. Her performance compelled many young female teenagers to take an interest in track and field. A winner and inspiration, the embodiment of an icon.