Monday, 24 September 2007

Monday morning Inspiration # 3

She was the 20th of the 22 children born to poor parents. She was a premature kid and was under weight. Born during a time of racial prejudice, when African-American babies where denied the best medication, she suffered one illness after another - measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia. At the tender age of four her doctor discovered that her left leg had become weak and deformed . Her case was identified as polio, a diseases which has no cure.. The doc said she would not be able to walk again... With diligent support from her mother and other family members she slowly learnt to walk with the help of metal leg brace at the age of 8 .. Later, she started using special shoes to support her feet. It was at the age of 12, she started walking properly without the help of crutches... Then she started playing basketball and performed extremley well.. She then went on to become an athelete.. At the age of 16, she represented the U.S.A and won the bronze metal in the 1956 olympics. In the 1960 rome olympics she became the first American woman to bag three gold medals in an olympics.. despite, her sprained ankle she ran for her team and helped it win the gold in relay race...
doctors though she would never walk, but she believed god had other plans for her,the one and only Wilma Rudolph. Her victory was not restricted to athletics alone, in a way she also contributed in the removal of racial discrmination...
It is always us and nobody else who decides our destiny :)

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5 comments:

Karthick said...

Excellent Posting...Remains me the story of F1 racing legend Michael Schumacher, once he had right leg ellbow injury, doctor advised that he can't touch his steering again, but due to his persistence he dictated success in F1....The legend..

Good to know about Wilma Rudolph ..too

akanksha said...

it seems a fairytale...but sure when there is a will,there is a way!!!! Willpower is something that can work wonders.

Kalyan said...

It was wonderful reading about this, nothing less than a marvel....Yes its very true we create our destinies & people like Wilma Rudolph just motivates us to move ahead in challenging times...Nice post!

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

@Karthick

Thanks,never knew michael schumi also had to undergo tough times physically before getting to where he is today.. I thinks its these tough ties that's made them all a strong person.. Great people they are, I think there is lots to learn from all of them :)

@Akanksha

So true gal, whatever the situation may be its all in our mind to take it as a let down or proving it to be wrong.. Like you said"Where ther is will, there surely is a way"

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

Thanks Kalyan... They are true Inspirations for our life:)