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Flashback: Wilma Rudolph does it again

Updated: January 24, 2001, 2:42 PM ET
By Christopher Ross | ABC Sports Online

In July 1961, the worlds of international sport and politics collided in Moscow's Lenin Stadium for a two-day, USA vs. USSR track and field event on July 15 and 16.

In the world of politics, The Cold War was escalating to new heights. In April President Kennedy had recently failed in his attempt to invade Castro's Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. In June, at a summit meeting in Vienna, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, had threatened JFK with a claim that Soviet bloc forces would invade West Berlin ...

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