Jesse Owens History

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Jesse Owens History

Olympic Athlete

- In 1970, Owens was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame- In 1936, four English Oak saplings, one for each Olympic gold medal- USA Track and Field created the Jesse Owens Award in 1981, which is given annually to the country's top track and field athlete- In 1976, he was made part of the Olympic Order for his fight against racism in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin- Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics ; Men's long jump- Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics ; Men's 100 metres- Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics ;Men's 200 metres- Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics ; Men's 4 × 100 metres relay- He performed in front of Hitler at the Olympic games - Owens said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Hitler, snubbed him- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year- Jesse set or tied national high school records in the 100 yard dash, 200-yard dash, and the long jump- On May 25, 1935, at the Big Ten Conference Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Owens broke three world records (long jump, 220-yard dash and 220-yard low hurdles) and tied a fourth (100-yard dash), all in a 45 minute span- In 1976, Jesse was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award bestowed upon a civilian, by Gerald R. Ford

1.) Did you enjoy performing in front of Hitler even though it was difficult because you were African American?2.) Were you proud when you proved Hitler wrong about African Americans and that his "perfect" race was not the only "perfect" race?3.) How often did you practice before winning your first Olympic medal?4.) What accomplishment were you most proud of and what accomplishment was the hardest for you to succeed at?5.) Since you were constantly sick as a child how did you push pass your weaknesses and decide to participate in track and field?

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