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The Olympian: US athlete Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. She made her mark at the Rome Games in 1950.
Hard-knock life: Poverty, segregation, racism.
Extra obstacle: Childhood polio.
And featuring: Cicely Tyson! Denzel Washington, in his first role!
Should it air on Lifetime? Not quite enough women-in-peril for serious Lifetime fans, but it would class up the joint.