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Jesse Owens

ILA Learning Center Sources: Hitler's Olympia: The Nazi Olympics 1936. Photograph. Amazon. Web. 26 Apr. 2010. “Jesse Owens." Biography. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2010. Jesse Owens. Photograph. Vasishta. Wordpress, 5 Jul. 2008. Web. 26

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Jesse Owens Who is Jesse Owens? Nicknamed the "Buckeye Bullet," Jesse Owens was born on September 12th, 1913 to the Henry and Emma Owens. He was a track-and-field athlete who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics that took place in Berlin, Germany. That year, he won 4 Olympic gold medals for the long-jump (26.4 feet), 4 100-metre relay (39.8 seconds), 100 metre run (10.3), and 200-metre relay(20.7 seconds). Prior to the games, he attended Ohio State and competed in track-and-field there as well. The Hitler/Jesse Owens Incident After competitors in the 1936 Olympics won, Adolf Hitler, leader of Germany, would the winners' hand. Hitler rejected Jesse Owens after his victory, and later claimed that he would not shake anybody's hand anymore. This shocked people. Other Honors and Awards During the year 1936, Jesse Owens was deemed the Associated Press Athlete of the Year. Eight years later, he was inducted intothe U.S.A. track and field Hall of Fame. In 1976, Owens was awarded "the highest civilian honor in the United States," the Medal of Freedom, by president Gerald Ford. The Montreal Olympic Team attended the ceremony. A Jesse Owens memorial stadium was built at Ohio State in 2001 in his honor. Owens was also inducted into the U.S. Olympic Commitee Hall of Fame in 1983. Although after death, he was also awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1990 by George H.W. Bush. Death On March 31st, 1980, Jesse Owens died of lung cancer complications in Tucson, Arizona. He is buried in Oakwoods Cemetery in Oakville, Illionois. Sources in Description Jesse Owens
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