jesse owens

Growing Up

Jesse Owens, also known as "The Buckeye Bullet" was born on September 12, 1913 in oakville alabama. He was a son of a sharecropper and a grandson of slaves, making him abliged to help provide for the family. Living in many bad conditions, Jesse Owens was often sick from his battles with chronic bronchial congestion and pneumonia. Still, he was expected to work, and at the age of seven he was picking up to 100 pounds of cotton a day to help his family put food on the table. After years of working, Owens moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio, where the young "J.C." found a world far different than the slower, southern life he originally had known. The schools were much more advanced and challenging, but he powered through, then reaizing that he had many talents in track. Owens began highschool at East Technical High, soon setting records for the 100 and 200 meter sprint as well as the long jump.

College

After Graduating Highschool,Owens enrolled at The Ohio State University where he continued to flourish as an athlete. Later, in 1935, Owens succeeded in many competitions at the 1935 Big Ten Championships, such as four events at the NCAA Championships, two events at the AAU Championships and three others at the Olympic trials adding for his already 36 wins. This put Owens on a High standard at National scale.

1936 Olympics

For Adolph Hitler and the Nazis, the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were expected to be a German showcase to show their domoinance. Most notably, Hitler Loathed America for including black athletes on its Olympic roster. Though people dissagreed with African americans participating, many were the top athletes in their events. Hitler was striving for a perfect race, so this angered him that a black man could even participate, let alone win a gold in an event. In all, the United States won 11 gold medals, and six of them were won by black athletes. Owens was the most amazing athletes to copete against at the time. He captured four gold medals (the 100 meter, the long jump, the 200 meter and the 400-meter relay), and broke two Olympic records.

His Ending Days

Jesse Owens retired after the 1936 olympics and began to use his skills to earn an honest living. He trained, coached, and even played with the harlem Globetrotters for a fair amount of time. After his carreer had ended, he began smoking excessively. At one point, he would smoke 1 to 2 packs of cigarrettes a day. On March 31, 1980, Jesse Owens died of lung cancer while living in Tucson Arizona.
Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympics
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Facts

  1. Jesse Owens raced horses, cars, and even trains for money.


2. The New York Mets baseball team Hired Jesse Owens as a running coach.


3 Owens met his wife, Minnie, when he was fifteen. They had three daughters, Gloria, Marlene and Beverly.


4. Jesse Owens was made a US Goodwill Ambassador in 1966.


5. While in university Jesse Owens set three world records, and tied another in only 45 minutes.

6. In 1976 Jesse Owens received the Medal of Freedom from President Gerald Ford.

7. Jesse Owens was the captain of his varsity team at Ohio State University. Because he was African-American he was not allowed to live in the on-campus dorms.


8. Jesse Owens was the grandson of a slave.

9. The right hand swastika is one of the one hundres and eight symbols of the hindu god Vishnu.

10. In Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the buddha.