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Wilma Rudolph Was Always In The Lead

Updated: February 27, 2014, 1:47 PM ET
By Andrew Linnehan | Special to espnW

Donna de Varona was biting her tongue in the buffet line at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, stuck behind a methodical and indecisive fellow American athlete in the cafeteria at the Olympic Village.

"I wondered who this woman was," said de Varona, then a 13-year-old preparing to swim in preliminary heats for the eventual gold-medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay. "Why was she taking so long? And with few women's sports on the Olympic calendar, I wondered what sport she ...

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