Jesse owens was one of the greatest athletes in the history of olympic sports. His exploits in the 1936 olympics will go down as one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.
Jesse owens was born in Oakvillie, Alabama on september 12, 1913. He grew up in Alabama with his 10 brothers and sisters. When his age in nine years old, his family moved to Cleveland, ohilo.
Jesse owens discovered early that he was faster than the rest of the kids. In middle school he had to work after school to make money. But, his track coach , Charles rilay, let him practice before school. Jesse said that the encouragement he got from Coach Rilay went a long way in helping him to succees in track and field.
Jesse first showed the world is athletic talents at the 1933 National High School Championships. He tied the world record in the 100 yard dash at 9, 4 seconds. He tied the world record in the long jumped 24 feet 9 1/2 inches.
At college Jesse owens attended Ohilo state University for college. While at Ohilo state, jesse was the best track and field athletic in the National Collegiate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NcAA). He won eight individual championships in two years. At a 1935 Big Ten track meet in Michigan, jesse had perhaps the greatest set of track and field events in the history of track. In just 45 minute of competition jesse tied one world record ( 100 yard sprint) . He broke 3 world records ( 220 yard sprint, 220 yard hurdles, long jump).
Jesse’s given name as james cleveland owens. As a kid, his nickname was J.C for james cleveland.. When he moved from alabama to ohilo, Jesse owens tell his teacher his name was “JC”. But she heard it wrong and wrote down jesse, He called jesse ever since.
1936 summer olympic
The 1936 summer Olympics held in berlin, Germany. This was the time when adolf Hittler had gained power through his Nazi party. But before WWII broken out. part of Hitler’s philosophy was the superiority of the white race. He expected Germans to dominate the Olympic games.
jesse owens, however, had his own chapter to write into history. jesse won four gold medals in the games. It including gold for the 100 meter sprint, the 200 meter sprint, the 2x 100 meter relay and the long jump.
After the Olympic, Jesse returned home. He had a tough time for the next several years. He sometimes raced horses at events to earn money. Things turned around for jesse when he was appointed a good will ambassador for the united states government. Jesse died of lung cancer on march 31, 1980.