People: Jul. 6, 1981

She had childhood bouts of pneumonia and scarlet fever and was unable to walk until she was nine. But Wilma Rudolph overcame these obstacles to become the fastest woman in the world and win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics. At the opening in Washington last week of the National Portrait Gallery's new summer show, "Champions of American Sport," Rudolph, 41, stopped by a photograph of her Olympic victory in the 400-meter relay. When she is not working on her third book (on how to be a successful working mother), she...

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