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Jesse Owens

Do research on who Jesse Owens was and why his accomplishment was so important.

Kelly Mannion

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens Pictures Accomplishments He began his promising career in 1928 in Cleveland when he set Junior High School records. He made a record by clearing 6 feet in the high jump, and leaping 22 feet 11 ¾ inches in the broad jump. He won all of the major track events during his high school days. He even won the Ohio State championship three years in a row!

He ran the 100 yard dash in 9.4 seconds when he was a senior in high school, tying the accepted world record. He continued onto make many world records.
General Information Born: September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama
Died: March 31, 1980 in Tucson, Arizona
Buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown

High school: Cleveland East Technical High School
College: Ohio State University

Other Information
"In a 1950 Associated Press poll, he was voted the greatest track and field star for the first half of century, outpolling Jim Thorpe by almost three to one.

In 1976, President Ford presented Owens with the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the U.S. can bestow upon a civilian."
Jesse Owens accomplished great success in the Olympics and during his college career. He has inspired athletes to go for their goals, and has made many people believe that anything is possible. Owens has also proven to the world that it does not matter what your race is, everybody should have an equal chance at greatness.

Inspiring Generations
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