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January 2008[edit]

Information.svg Thanks for experimenting with the page Jesse Owens on Wikipedia. Your recent edit appears to have added incorrect information, and has been reverted or removed. All information in the encyclopedia must be verifiable in a reliable published source. If you believe the information you added was correct, please cite references or sources or discuss the changes on the article's talk page before making them. Please use the sandbox for any other tests you want to do. Take a look at the welcome page if you would like to learn more about contributing to our encyclopedia. Thank you. —LOL (talk) 01:16, 21 January 2008 (UTC) Jesse Owens Born: Sept. 13, 1913 Died: March 31, 1980 ( lung cancer) Born in: Oakville, Alabama

Accomplishments:

-Jesse set or tied national high school records in the 100 and 200-yard dash categories as well as long jump.

- After setting national records in high school, he attended Ohio State University, where he became an All-American.

- On May 25, 1935, at the Big Ten Conference Championships, Owens broke three world records (long jump, 220-yard dash and 220-yard low hurdles) and tied a fourth (100-yard dash), all in a 45 minute span.

- In his junior year at Ohio State, Owens competed in 42 events and won them all, including four in the Big Ten Championships, four in the NCAA Championships, two in the AAU Championships and three at the Olympic Trials.

- Jesse was the first American in the history of Olympic Track and Field to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

- In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he won four gold medals: 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record), long jump with a jump of 26' 5 1/4" (Olympic record), 200 meter dash in 20.7 seconds (Olympic record), and 400 meter relay (first leg) in 39.8 seconds (Olympic and world record).

- In the 200-meter dash on August 5, 1936, Owens won in an Olympic record of 20.7 seconds, beating out Mack Robinson, the older brother of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

- After the Olympics, Jesse worked to benefit other people and would often lend his name to advertisers for their products.

- Growing up poor, Owens always longed for the good things in life. After achieving success, Jesse would go on to purchase one new car every year for the rest of his life, as well as large homes for both himself and his parents.

- In 1976, Jesse was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award bestowed upon a civilian, by Gerald R. Ford.

- Owens was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.

Famous for:

- He is internationally famous for participating in the 1936 summer o\Olympics hosted by Germany (also called the Hitler Olympics). He received gold medals in all his events (100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, was part of a 4x100 meter relay team).

Impact on life:

"I feel proud of what he did and I feel like he had a big impact on racism in America as well as the world during the time with Hitler. But for the most part, he's my (great) uncle. That's how I look at him," Chris Owens said.


-  Big impact on racism…..  He and other government officials had high hopes German athletes would dominate the games with victories (the German athletes did indeed achieve a top of the table medal haul). Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior.

Owens surprised many by winning four gold medals: