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Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games. He was quoted saying the secret behind his success was “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up

Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games. He was quoted saying the secret behind his success was “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up

50 stunning Olympic moments No6: Jesse Owens's four gold medals, 1936  The inspirational athlete blazed a trail during seven days at the Berlin Olympics, the like of which had never been seen before. | Jesse Owens on his way to winning gold in the 100m at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Click here for a gallery of Owens's performances in Germany. Photograph: PPP

50 stunning Olympic moments No6: Jesse Owens's four gold medals, 1936 The inspirational athlete blazed a trail during seven days at the Berlin Olympics, the like of which had never been seen before. | Jesse Owens on his way to winning gold in the 100m at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Click here for a gallery of Owens's performances in Germany. Photograph: PPP

Jesse Owens on the medal stand to receive one of his four Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany • photo: Hoffmann / German Federal Archive on Wikipedia

Jesse Owens on the medal stand to receive one of his four Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany • photo: Hoffmann / German Federal Archive on Wikipedia

Quote from Jesse Owens regarding the 1936 Olympics in Berlin: "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.

Quote from Jesse Owens regarding the 1936 Olympics in Berlin: "Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.

By winning a record four events at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens, 22, foiled Hitler's dream of showcasing Aryan superiority.

By winning a record four events at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens, 22, foiled Hitler's dream of showcasing Aryan superiority.

Jesse Owens achieved victory in the face of racism, earning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games.

Jesse Owens achieved victory in the face of racism, earning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games.

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