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Jesse Owens 1936 Olympics

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Gabe Binkley

on 25 November 2010

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Jesse Owens 1936 Olympics Early childhood The Owens family of 10 sharecroppers
struggled year after year to survive on
what little they gained on the harvest.
Jesse loved to run in the feilds." I always loved running. I wasn't very good at it, but I loved it because it was something you could do all by yourself, under your own power. You could go any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind it you felt like it, seeking new sights just on the strength of your own feet and courage of your lungs." Jesse said. Owens at school Jesse's friends called him "J.C." and when the teacher
asked for his name he reported "J.C." but because of his
strong southern accent the teacher thought she heard
"Jesse", this is how his new very known name was made. Then at gym the coach wondered how fast they could sprint 60 yards.
Surprised at Jesse's speed he was put in the track team. There he met coach Riley, who saw an amazing potential for Owens. Jesse's Olympic
career was about to begin. The start of Owens’ Olympic career Riley had Jesse competing in the 100 yard and 220 yard
dashes. Because Jesse was so fast, Riley knew he would be
a great jumper too. So he entered him in hurdles, high
jump, and long jump. Sometimes Jesse would also do the
440 yard run. Jesse was a high school sensation, he had the
world record (high school) for the 100 yard dash at 9.4
seconds. This was Cleveland East Technical High School's
most amazing thing that had ever happened there. 1936 Olympics They would prove on an international stage that Aryan supremacy was a
living reality. The Nazi establishment carefully choreographed the Olympics
to support their ideology. There was one thing, however, that they didn’t count on – a black man, called Jesse Owens. Jesse Owens was a superstar by the time of the Berlin Olympics. At the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor the previous year he had set three world records and tied with a fourth. He did all of this in the space of forty five minutes. On that day, in fact, he broke the world long jump record by six inches.
Hitler viewed African-Americans as inferior and chastised the United States for stooping to use these "non-humans." Despite the endless racial epithets and the constant presence of the red and black swastika, Owens made Hitler eat his words with his four Olympic victories, a blow to Adolf Hitler's intention to use the Games to demonstrate Aryan superiority. Despite the politically charged atmosphere of the Berlin Games, Owens was adored by the German public, and it was German long jumper Carl Ludwig (“Luz”) Long who aided Owens through a bad start in the long jump competition. "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler," Owens would later say.
Owens-led U.S. team rolled to victory in a world record time of 39.8 seconds and Owens' magical Olympics came to a close. After the Olympics While German officials denounced
Owens, an overwhelming majority
of the German fans treated him like
a hero. In 1984, a street in Berlin was
named in his honor.
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