While still in high school, Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. Two years later, at a college track meet, he set three world records and tied another world record in less than an hour. That amazing feat, which has never been equaled — and probably never will be — has been called “the greatest 45 minutes in sports.”

In 1936, Jesse Owens went to Germany to compete in the Summer Olympics. In those years, Germany was led by a very bad man named Adolph Hitler. Hitler proclaimed to the world that Germans were the “master race,” and that they were superior in every way. But, Jesse Owens proved Hitler wrong by defeating the German athletes — and all the other athletes, too — while winning four Gold Medals.

Jesse Owens’ four-gold-medal performance at the Berlin Olympics proved once and for all that world-class talent is never restricted to a single country or to one particular ethnic group. Greatness is colorblind. Always has been. Always will be.


Quotes by Olympic Gold Medalists

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll start believing in it.”
Jesse Owens, Track and Field

“It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline.”
Wilma Rudolph, Track and Field

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
Muhammad Ali, Boxing 

“Failure I can live with. It’s not trying that I can’t handle.”
Sanya Richards-Ross, Track and Field

“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.”
Michael Phelps, Swimming