I thought that I would just give a thought to what is this week the 75th anniversary of American track runner Jesse Owens taking 4 gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Owens, who won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4×100 meter relay was the best athlete in those Olympic Games. What was so noteworthy however for those Olympics was that Adolf Hitler attended them during the time that tensions in Europe were not good, eventually leading into World War II a few years later. Also, at those Olympics, Hitler had a strong bias toward different groups of people, believing that the white, blonde-haired people were the significant race. This made Owens, who was a black man hated by Hitler and his breakthrough more significant. People always talk about Jackie Robinson in baseball, and deservedly so, about breaking the color barrier with baseball, but Owen’s accomplishments in these Olympic Games are certainly another achievement that African-American athletes still relish and should still talk about to this day.
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