Jesse Owens, The Athlete Who Proved Hitler Wrong

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Adolf Hitler intended to use the 1936 Olypic Games in Berlin to showcase his Nazi ideology and his theory of Aryan racial supremacy. Instead, Jesse Owens, an African-American track and field athlete, was the standout performer at the games. Owens, who was born on September 12, 1913, captured gold medals in the 100 meters, long jump, 200 meters, and 4×100 meter relay—a feat that would not be matched until the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, by Carl Lewis. His story was so inspiring that a movie of Owens' life was released in 2016, with the support of his family. Watch these videos to learn more about Owens and his incredible feats.

Jesse Owens' Gold Medal Moment

Hear the story of the legendary athlete, and what everyone can learn from him.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin were the first olympic games televised worldwide. 00:06

  2. Adolf Hitler firmly believed German athletes were dominate the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin to prove Aryan dominance. 00:36

  3. German and Nazi Carl "Luz" Long helped American Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics, and the two formed a friendship. 01:15

Owens' Daughters Speak Out

The athlete's daughters speak about their father's legacy and the importance of sharing his story.

American Wiseass Takes On Jesse Owens

Comedian Michael Loftus serves up the story of Owens vs. Hitler... complete with some laughs.

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