Wilma trained hard
and returned to the Olympics in Rome, Italy, four years later. Wilma's
hard work paid off. She became the first American woman to win three
gold medals in one Olympics. Wilma was so fast that people at the
Olympics said, "If you blink, you will miss her." After
the Olympics Wilma became an international star and traveled to
many countries. Clarksville, Tennessee held a victory parade to
celebrate their fast-running hometown girl.
Wilma married her high school sweetheart, Robert Eldridge, with
whom she had four children. Robert and Wilma divorced years later.
Wilma remained an active advocate for women in sports until her
death in 1994. She is remembered as one of the most celebrated female
athletes of all times.