Olympic Scandal and Controversey
1936 Berlin Olympics--Jesse Owens
Medals Won at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
He beat his fellow competitors with a time of 10.3 seconds.
Jesse Owens won with a time of 20.7 seconds.
His time in this event was 39.8 seconds.
1936 Olympic Games
One of the most famous Jesse Owens quotes tied together his experience at the Olympics in Germany and the issue of segregation back home in the United States. "When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn't ride in the front of the bus," he said. "I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the president, either."
- Jesse Owens retired at age 23.
- At the Olympics, he became friends with German athlete Luz Long.
- Owens said that the president had ignored him, not Hitler, because FDR didn’t send him a telegram.
- To make money after the games, he earned money by racing against horses.