Jesse Owens

by Dawson Martin

Jesse Owens

  • His name is James Cleveland Owens
  • Born on September 12,1913 in Oakville, Alabama
  • When he was seven, he picked 100 pounds of cotton a day even though he had pneumonia
  • He was a sharecropper with his family
  • He graduated high school in 1933
  • He went to Ohio State University
  • He got the nickname "Buckeye Bullet" because he was really fast at running
  • He was 5'10"
  • He won 4 medals in 1936 at the Berlin Olympic games as a track and field athlete
  • He held the long jump world record for 25 years
  • He died March 31,1980, in Tucson, Arizona of cancer at the age of 67
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