31+ Best Wilma Rudolph Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Wilma Glodean Rudolph was an African-American sprinter who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games.

She also was the first American woman to win three track-and-field gold medals in a single Olympics. Profoundly inspirational Wilma Rudolph quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Wilma Rudolph Quotes

When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome. – Wilma Rudolph

‘I can’t’ are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world. – Wilma Rudolph

I’m in my prime. There’s no goal too far, no mountain too high. – Wilma Rudolph

By the time I was 12 I was challenging every boy in our neighborhood at running, jumping, everything. – Wilma Rudolph

When I was going through my transition of being famous, I tried to ask God, why was I here? What was my purpose? Surely, it wasn’t just to win three gold medals. There has to be more to this life than that. – Wilma Rudolph

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you. – Wilma Rudolph

Never Underestimate the Power of Dreams and the Influence of the Human Spirit. – Wilma Rudolph

I knew that whatever I set my mind to do. I could do. – Wilma Rudolph

Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle. – Wilma Rudolph

But when you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals. – Wilma Rudolph

I don’t consciously try to be a role model, so I don’t know if I am or not. That’s for other people to decide. – Wilma Rudolph

I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me. – Wilma Rudolph

It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline. I was determined to discover what life held for me beyond the inner-city streets. – Wilma Rudolph

Winning is great but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. – Wilma Rudolph

I would be disappointed if I were remembered as a runner because I feel that my contribution to the youth of America has far exceeded the woman who was the Olympic champion. – Wilma Rudolph

My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces. – Wilma Rudolph

I tell them that the most important aspect is to be yourself and have confidence in yourself. – Wilma Rudolph

The potential for greatness lives within each of us. – Wilma Rudolph

My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother. – Wilma Rudolph

The feeling of accomplishment welled up inside of me, three Olympic gold medals. I knew that was something nobody could ever take away from me, ever. – Wilma Rudolph

Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life. – Wilma Rudolph

I believe in me more than anything in this world. – Wilma Rudolph

I don’t know why I run so fast. I just run. – Wilma Rudolph

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened. – Wilma Rudolph

I had a series of childhood illnesses… scarlet fever…. pneumonia…. Polio. I walked with braces until I was at least nine years old. My life wasn’t like the average person who grew up and decided to enter the world of sports. – Wilma Rudolph

Black women… work because their husbands can’t make enough money at their jobs to keep everything going… They don’t go to work to find fulfillment, or adventure, or glamour and romance, like so many white women think they are doing. Black women work out of necessity. – Wilma Rudolph

What do you do after you are world-famous and nineteen or twenty and you have sat with prime ministers, kings and queens, the Pope? Do you go back home and take a job? What do you do to keep your sanity? You come back to the real world. – Wilma Rudolph

I thought I’d never get to see that. Florence Griffith Joyner — every time she ran, I ran. – Wilma Rudolph

I know black women in Tennessee who have worked all their lives, from the time they were twelve years old to the day they died. These women don’t listen to the women’s liberation rhetoric because they know that it’s nothing but a bunch of white women who had certain lifestyles and who want to change those life-styles. – Wilma Rudolph

They say things like they don’t want men opening doors for them anymore, and they don’t want men lighting their cigarettes for them anymore. Big deal. Black women have been opening doors for themselves and lighting their own cigarettes for a couple centuries in this country. Black women don’t quibble about things that are not important. – Wilma Rudolph

The triumph cannot be had without the struggle. And I know what struggle is. I have spent a lifetime trying to share what it has meant to be a woman first in the world of sports so that other young women have a chance to reach their dreams. – Wilma Rudolph

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