Jesse Owens

By Nicolas Busboom

10 You did not know about Jesse Owens

1. Owens won 4 gold medals in a single olympics

He ran the 100, 200, 4x100 relay, and the long jump

2. Owens said Hitler was not the one to snub him it was Franklin D Roosevelt

He was disappointed that the president did not even send him a telegram for what he had done

3. He won his medals in German-made track shoes that were handcrafted by the founder of Adidas

Adi Dassler thought of the Berlin Games as a chance to launch his shoe business

4. A teacher's mispronunciation led to a name change

When he moved to Cleveland the teacher called him jesse but he was to scared to correct her

5. His mother performed surgery on him with a knife

After his 5th birthday he developed a growth on his chest that was pushing against his lungs. His mother took a disinfected kitchen knife and cut it out herself because she did not have the money to take him to the doctor he lost a lot of blood that day

6. Owens was nicknamed Buckeye the bullet

While he was smashing records ha became known as buckeye the bullet

7. In college owens set 3 world records and tied 4th in 45 minutes

they were the 100 yard dash, the long jump, 220 yard dash, and the 220 yard low hurdle

8. Owens raced against horses for money

he started 40 yards ahead and then ran 100 yards to win by a nose

9. The New York Mets hired owens as a running coach

he was hired to make the players run faster but failed

10. There are enduring memorials to Owens in Berlin

There are some pictures there