Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940. She was named United Press Athlete of the Year (1960), the AP Woman Athlete of the Year (1960, 1961) and received the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete (1961). At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Rudolph became “the fastest woman in the world” and the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. Read Wilma Glodean Rudolph Biography and Profile.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, born August 21, 1986, is arguably the fastest man in the world. Bolt also won three Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. He published a memoir My Story: 9:58: The World’s Fastest Man in 2010, which was reissued two years later as The Fastest Man Alive: The True Story of Usain Bolt. Read Usain Bolt Biography and Profile.