Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

In a time when the Nazis were teasing the world with the threat of war and their superior Aryan race, Jesse Owens went to Berlin and became the most successful athlete at the 1936 Olympics. Nicknamed the "Buckeye Bullet" while running for Ohio State University, Owens won eight individual NCAA championships in 1935-36. In a single meet in 1935, Owens set 3 world records and tied a fourth. At the Berlin Olympics, he won gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay and long jump. While Hitler waved at Owens and sent him an inscribed cabinet photograph of himself, President Roosevelt failed to acknowledge Owens for fear of losing votes due to Owens' being black.

About Jesse Owens

James Cleveland 'Jesse' Owens (September 12, 1913 March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

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