Jesse Owens

The Man Who Proved Them Wrong

The Man Who Changed The Face of Our Country

There are many great people in the world but none as bold or strong as Jesse Owens. Even in the face of Adolph Hitler himself, he showed no fear and won four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics just before World War II. Jesse Owens should continue to be appreciated as a hero.


“The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us -- that's where it's at.”

Fun Facts!

  • At school, one of his teachers could not understand him through his thick southern accent and thought he said his name was Jesse when he had said his name was J.C. This name stuck with him for the rest of his life.

  • 1. Owens captured four gold medals at a single Olympiad.

  • 2. Owens said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Hitler, snubbed him.

  • 3. Owens ran to gold in German-made track shoes handcrafted by the founder of Adidas.

  • 5. His mother performed makeshift surgery on him with a knife.

  • 6. Owens was nicknamed the “Buckeye Bullet.”

  • 7. In college Owens set three world records and tied a fourth within the span of 45 minutes.

  • 8. Owens raced against horses for money.

  • 9. The New York Mets baseball team hired Owens as a running coach.

  • 10. There are enduring memorials to Owens in Berlin.
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