“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit,” Wilma Rudolph. The title given to her was the “Fastest Woman in the World” after winning a bronze metal at only 16 years of age in 1956 Olympics and in 1960 after she won three gold medals in the Olympics. Also called “The Black Pearl” she went on to teach in her Alma mater, an elementary school, a college in Maine and spoke in many universities. Wilma joined in with evangelists and other athletes to encourage goodwill in Japan with the Baptist Christian Athletes. The remarkable thing about Wilma Rudolph was her humble beginning: she was born premature at 4 1/2 pounds the 20th child of 22 in her family that was poor as many families in the 1940’s; she spent her childhood in sickness with polio which her physician stated would prevent her from walking, but her mother told her she would walk. Wilma wrote that as a child she would secretly take off her leg brace and practice walking with her families faithful support she was playing basketball by age 12! Like the runner in the Christian race, Wilma Rudolph would not take “can’t” as her directive. Philippians 3:13-14 Brethern, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prized of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.