Jesse Owens

by Cade from Overland Park

He is a hero to me for that and a lot of other things. He proved the whole world wrong in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He helped people out by taking their minds of Hitler and watching Jesse Owens dominate in his track events. Jesse Owens is one of the greatest track runners of the 20th century.

 Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913 to the parents of Henry and Emma Owens. He was the seventh child. When he was just 20 years old, Owens won three events at the National Inter Scholastic Championships in Chicago. Jesse Owens was already a star at a young age. Soon after that, Jesse set three world records and tied one. He tied the world record in the 100 meter dash and broke the world record in the 220 yd. dash, the 220yd. low hurdles, and the long jump.

Jesse Owens became a hero in the 1936 Olympics when he went to Berlin and proved all of Germany wrong, especially Hitler. Jesse won four gold medals, something that had never happened before and not for a long time afterwards. Hitler said that the Germans would dominate all of the races. It was exactly opposite of that. Owens dominated and Hitler was stunned as Owens became a superstar in Germany. He became a hero to people all over the world to a symbol of that you can achieve your dreams if you work hard as you can. He overcame many challenges; one of them was just being black. Hitler criticized him for that and Owens proved him wrong that you can be black and win. He overcame his life challenges and became a hero in the Olympics. After his Olympic run, Owens became an inspirational speaker and spoke to kids around the U.S. In 1976, Owens was awarded Medal of Freedom award. In 1979, President Carter presented him with the Living Legend Award. He died on March 31, 1980 in Tucson, Arizona. He died of complications due to lung cancer. He died a hero.

Jesse Owens is a great person and a hero to many people. He worked hard in his life and got what he worked for. He proved all of Germany wrong and became a hero around the world.  

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