At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, an amazing athlete, Wilma Rudolph (played by Shirley Jo Finney), became the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals. But the most amazing part of this true story is that Wilma was stricken in her youth with crippling polio, a disease she conquered to become one of America’s greatest female athletes. The story begins with Wilma’s childhood in rural Tennessee when her parents learn of does everything in her power to bolster Wilma’s self-confidence and help her overcome the handicap. her determination pays off as Wilma grows in strength, speed and agility. Eventually, her tremendous courage and astounding athletic ability bring Wilma to her greatest triumph at the Olympics Games.
Starring Cicely Tyson, Shirley Jo Finney, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca, Denzel Washington. Directed by Bud Greenspan