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Jesse Owens - Olympic Achievements

As an athlete, Jesse Owens began to attract national attention while he was studying at East Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charles Riley was the man who discovered his full potential while he was the junior-high track coach at Fairview Junior High, but Jesse Owens Olympics run began in college. Jesse attended the Ohio State University, sharing his spare time between training and jobs to pay for school. In college, he was best known by the nickname of "Buckeye Bullet" and his athletic achievement led him to a record eight individual NCAA championships between 1935 and 1936.

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In 1936, Jesse Owens Olympics glory awaited him in Berlin, where he competed for the United States in the Summer Olympic Games, winning four gold medals, a record that only was equaled by Xavier Carter until the Olympics of 2006. In Berlin, Adolph Hitler had mounted a Nazi propaganda promoting the racial superiority of the Aryan race, but Owens made over 110,000 euphoric people at Berlin's Olympic Stadium cheer for him. During his stay in the German capital, it was usual that locals and visitors sought his autograph every time Jesse Owens was spotted in the streets.

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Contrary to the United States, where Jesse Owens was discriminated during his early day’s, in Berlin he was allowed to move and stay at hotels and facilities deserved for whites and proud Germans and even Hitler waved his hand at him.

Jesse Owens Olympics memories were recalled after his death, getting a street in Berlin renamed for him in 1984 and there is a secondary school called Jesse Owens in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Also from Berlin, the Olympic torch of 1936 was sent to Oakville, Alabama in 1996 to remember his birthplace Owens Olympics triumph with the torch and a park that was dedicated in his honor.

Back home in the United States, Jesse Owens Olympics glory was useless to make a living as a sports promoter and a business laundry that he tried and failed. During the post Olympic years Owen had to challenge with race horses trying to defeat them and also giving local sprinters a 10-20 yard start and beat them in the 100 yard dash before getting involved in civic movements and public relations. Owen was named the spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1968, in which it is to support racially turbulence arisen in the XIX Olympic Games in Mexico City was severely criticized.