The Magic of the Olympics: Chris Brasher art by The Olympics Artist: Ron Embleton In the 1956 Olympics Chris Brasher was stripped of the Gold in the 3,000 Metres Steeplechase for allegedly impeding two other runners. Ernst Larsen of Norway, one of the runners involved, supported Brasher and his Gold medal was reinstated. Look and Learn #548 15 June 1972.
Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely at 4.5 lbs. , with 21 brothers and sisters, and caught infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) as a very young child. She recovered, but wore a brace on her left leg and foot which had become twisted as a result. Rudolph became the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960. She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field