Wilma Rudolph (June 23, 1940 - November 12, 1994) was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games at the 1960 games in Rome. Suffering from polio and scarlet fever as a child, Rudolph persevered to star on her high school basketball team and win a bronze medal in the 4x100 relay at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Her 1960 hometown victory parade in Clarksville TN was the first integrated event the town had seen. #TodayInBlackHistory
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, retired Olympic athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She won 3 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at 4 different Olympic Games. She also won 4 gold medals at the World Championships and 1 gold at the Pan-American Games. She holds the world record in heptathlon. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century.