James Owens

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James Owens

James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was born as a son of a sharecropper, and the grandson of slaves on September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama, into a large family of 6 brothers and sisters, and his mom and dad, Henry and Emma Owens. James was often sick as a child from his battles with bronchial congestion and pneumonia. But his family didn’t have a lot of money, so he was expected to work. He was picking up to 100 pounds of cotton a day to help with that problemAfter James’ 5th birthday, he developed a large fibrous bump on his chest that began to painfully press against his lungs. Since the Owens couldn’t afford a doctor, they decided to do their own surgery. They took a sterile kitchen knife and carved out a golf ball sized growth, and managed to survive. When James was 9, him and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he would start school. Everyone of the students called him J.C., except the teacher. His southern accent made her think that her name was actually “Jesse.” This latter caused his name to change to Jessem which is who he is now known as. Jesse soon moved up to East Technical High School, where he soon became widely known of a sprinter, setting in track and field events such as the 100 and 200 yard dashes, and the long jump. This is where he was widely recognized and known for running.Jesse later then enrolled into Ohio State University, (OSU) despite all the other scholarship offers he got, and still continue to strive, especially in 1 particular event, the Big Ten Championships in 1935. This event was a milestone in Jesse’s life. 1st he overcame a severe tailbone injury just to tie world record in the 100-yard dash. Then, he set a long jump record of 26 ft and 18¼ cm that would stand for 25 years. Last, he set new world record marks in the 220-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles. Also in that year, Jesse competed in 42 events, and won them all.1936 was a few years before the start of World War 2, and The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Jesse was in attendance of these olympics games, and so was Adolf Hitler. Hitler lambasted america for including black athletes on its Olympic roster, but they showed up faved german squad, winning 11 gold medals with Jesse winning 4 while breaking 2 olympic records, and his broad jump record would stand for 25 years.Soon after the Olympic games, Jesse retired from amature athletics and started to earn money from physical talents like racing cars and for a time, playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. He also set up his own business and spoke frequently around the country at conventions. Later, he died from lung cancer in Tucson, Arizona, on March 31, 1980. This was mainly because of the fact that he smoked up to a pack a day for a lot of his life.


~ Jesse tied a world record in the 100 meter dash with a severe tailbone injury~ He set a long jump record of 26 ft and 18 1/4 cm which stood for 25 years~ He set world records in the 220-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles.~ In 1935 Jesse competed 42 events, including the Big 10 Confrence, and won them all~Jesse was invited to the 1936 Olympics, won 4 gold medals, and broke 2 world records

Lasting Impact

James "Jesse" Owens


Jesse Owens vs a Horse

Jesse Owens has showedhow much hard work can impact your life, from wetherits working on a farm, or praticipating in the Big 10Confrence and dominating it. Jesse's hard work has earned him multiple world records, and a title anyone would want, the fastest man in the world.

Jesse Owens 200 yard record


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