The 2012 Olympic Games in London may be nearly over, but that doesn’t mean our love for all the sports is ending, too. The athletics competitions were especially nail-biting, and got us thinking about a truly amazing woman who appeared on a U.S. postage stamp in 2004.
Wilma Rudolph (1940–1994) overcame a childhood plagued by serious illness to become one of the nation’s greatest athletes. Her left leg was crippled by polio at an early age, but she was determined to walk without a brace. “I think I started acquiring a competitive spirit right then and there,” she wrote in her 1977 autobiography, “a spirit that would make me successful in sports later on.” By the time she was 12 the brace had been sent back to the hospital, and soon she was the star of her high school track and basketball teams. Within four years she had developed into a world-class sprinter.
To test your Olympic knowledge, we have a Wilma Rudolph-themed contest for you! Four lucky winners will receive an official USPS ceremony program from the Wilma Rudolph First Day of Issue ceremony held on July 14, 2004. You must answer both questions correctly:
1. When did Rudolph receive her first Olympic medal, and for which event?
2. During the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Rudolph became the first woman to win three of which kind of medal, and for which events did she receive them?
Submit your answers to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com, and remember spelling counts! The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Saturday, August 11. Good luck!