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WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994). American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win the 400-meter relay for the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, 8 September 1960

WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994). American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win the 400-meter relay for the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, 8 September 1960


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WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994). American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win the 400-meter relay for the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, 8 September 1960

WILMA RUDOLPH (1940-1994).
American track and field athlete. Crossing the finish line to win the 400-meter relay for the United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, 8 September 1960

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This print captures the iconic moment when Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable American track and field athlete, crosses the finish line to secure victory for the United States in the 400-meter relay at the Summer Olympic Games held in Rome, Italy on September 8th, 1960. Rudolph's determination and sheer speed are palpable as she sprints towards triumph, leaving her competitors trailing behind. The stadium exterior provides a grand backdrop for this historic achievement, with spectators eagerly watching from their seats. As an African American woman in a predominantly white sport during a time of racial tension and inequality, Rudolph's success serves as a testament to her strength and ambition. With her slender frame and athletic build showcased by her shorts-clad figure, Rudolph epitomizes both grace and power. The baton firmly grasped in her hand symbolizes teamwork and camaraderie within the relay race discipline. This image is not just about one individual's accomplishment but also represents broader themes of overcoming adversity and breaking barriers. It immortalizes Rudolph as an Olympian who defied expectations to become one of history's greatest runners. The Granger Collection has expertly captured this significant moment from sports history through their Carousel Collection - celebrating athletes who have left an indelible mark on society through their achievements on the track or field.

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