Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Jesse Owen Gets His Fourth Gold Olympic Medal

Jesse Owens
August 9, 1936
When James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens arrived in Berlin, Germany for the Summer Olympic Games, he was welcomed by a huge group of fans. Many of the women came prepared with scissors in hopes of snipping off a chunk of his clothing which forced him back on the train. It was on this day in 1936 Owens won his fourth gold medal. Owen’s won medals for 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 x 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and the African American proved Adolf Hitler wrong who not only had hopes that his German athletes would dominate the Games, but also “prove” that those of African descent were inferior to whites.

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