1. I was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1940 and caught the poliovirus, which left me crippled during my childhood.

2. I recovered from my disability at the age of 12, and I went to the 1956 Olympic games and won a bronze medal in running. I went again in 1960 when I was 20 years old and won three gold medals, also in running.

3. I was known for a time as the “fastest woman in history.”

4. I died in 1994 of brain and throat cancer.

Wilma IKPhoto: World-Telegram

Answer: Wilma Rudolph

-by Zazil Davis-Vazquez, age 15, from Queens, NY