Jesse Owens was the most successful athlete in the 1936 Olympics. At a time when the Nazi authorities in Berlin were propagating Aryan supremacy, Jesse Owens’ superb performance was looked upon as a fitting answer to Adolf Hitler. This image, put into context, speaks volumes of Owens’ timely victories
Jesse Owens' Four Golds Medals ~ Adolf Hitler intended the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to Showcase Nazi Germany; Prove Racial Inferiority of African-Americans as an ethnic group. Instead, American Track & Field Star Jesse Owens Stole The Show, Winning Four Gold Medals on Hitler's home turf. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1104/sports-greatest-moments/content.2.html
Mr. Owens achievement of setting 3 world records and tying another in less than 1 hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport"and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4x100 meter relay.