Honoring Olympian Jesse Owens with Video Clips

Known as the “Buckeye Bullet,” Jesse Owens was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, winning four gold medals and also breaking Hitler’s Aryan ideals at the games. See Jesse Owens video clips below of his historical feat at the Olympics.

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In 1936, Adolf Hitler used the games to show the Nazi Party’s dominance. He had high hopes that German athletes would be victorious at the games.

Owens surprised many by winning won four gold medals in Berlin. He won the 100m sprint, the long jump, the 200m sprint and the 4x100m relay on August 9. See video clips of Owens’ events in the games and his success standing on the podium.

Many believe that Hitler did not acknowledge or shake Owens’ hand after his wins at the Olympics. Owens was also never invited to the White House as a congratulatory gesture by then Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. It wasn’t until 1955 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower honored Owens by naming him an “Ambassador of Sports.”

Although blacks didn’t have the same travel rights at whites during this time, Owens was allowed to travel with his other white teammates throughout the country in celebration. View a clip of Owens and his wife, Minnie Ruth Solomon, as they receive a warm welcome from his return from the games.

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