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Jesse Owens

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Birthday
12, 1913
Birthplace
Oakville, AL
Death Date
Mar 31, 1980 (66)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1913
Birthplace
Oakville, AL
Death Date
Mar 31, 1980 (66)

About

African-American track star won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump. A year earlier, he set three world records in less than an hour while competing for Ohio State University.

Before Fame

He was called Jesse only because his southern accent made J.C. difficult to hear.

Trivia

The Jesse Owens Award, named after him, is considered the highest honor for track and field athletes.

Family Life

He was together with Minnie Ruth Solomon from high school until his death.

Associated With

He won four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, a feat not match until Carl Lewis did the same in 1984.

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