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Jesse "JC" Owens
Original name: James Cleveland Owens
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- Kaye Miller
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
 

- Kathy (McPhaul) Cather
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- DENA ANN
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 
Happy Birthday, Mr. Owens. You were, are, and will always represent everything which is right with athletics
- MFPS
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 
Happy Birthday, Mr. Owens. You were, are, and will always represent everything which is right with athletics. Thank you for the countless memories and moments, which you have and continue to provide for generations of fans, young and old. Most importantly, thank you for representing your country and facing adversity with courage, grace, dignity, and pride. You are and will forever embody the true essence of a champion, and an example by which all should aspire to emulate. It would have been the greatest honor to have met and worked with you. May God continue to bless and watch over you and those you love then, now, and always.RIP
- Anonymous
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- R I P
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- 49boy3
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- LawBaby
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Blackwasp
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE S.V.
- Suz Valentino
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Mary Ann Weshinskey
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Remembering ...
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- czgrammy
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- David Wend
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Oscar in Italy
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Merrileem
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Cindy
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
 

- Maggie
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
 

- laura from Italy
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 1, 2014
 

- RoseBud
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
 

- Linda Dorei Jones
 Added: Jun. 27, 2014
 
Rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: May. 15, 2014
 

- Janet Carroll
 Added: Apr. 1, 2014
 
A bit late, but a good explanation. Never really realized you were born on the exact same day as my grandaunt, and exactly 100 years before my son. So very cool! Never forgotten.
- GraveGirl
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- R I P
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 March 31, 1980)You will be remembered as an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics. In 1936, Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. He and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories (the German athletes achieved a "top of the table" medal haul). Meanwhile, Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of "Aryan racial superiority" and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior. Owens countered this by winning four gold medals. On August 3, he won the 100m sprint with a time of 10.3s, defeating Ralph Metcalfe. On August 4, he won the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 5 in (later crediting his achievement to the technical advice he received from Luz Long, the German competitor whom he defeated). On August 5, he won the 200m sprint with a time of 20.7s, defeating Mack Robinson (the older brother of Jackie Robinson). On August 9, Owens won his fourth gold medal in the 4x100 sprint relay when coach Dean Cromwell replaced Jewish-American sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller with Owens and Ralph Metcalf, who teamed with Frank Wykoff and Foy Draper to set a world record of 39.8s in the event. This performance was not equaled until Carl Lewis won gold medals in the same events at the Soviet boycotted 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1935 (the year before the Berlin Olympics), Jesse Owens set the world record in the long jump with a leap of 26 ft 8 in, and this record would stand for 25 years (a very rare length of time for a track and field record), until it was finally broken by Ralph Boston in 1960. Coincidentally, Owens was a spectator at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome when Boston took the gold medal in the long jump, may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
You were a baaaaaad fast man.....and you truly rocked the world!
- ScottRC
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- Bunny
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
Remembering you
- John
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- K-Coe
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- bob tarte
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- Mike
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- Patti Podboy
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
R.I.P.
-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- LawBaby
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- elaine bailey
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
RIP
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- czgrammy
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- TheMysterian
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 
R.I.P.
- Danny Trahan
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
 

- Stacey
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014
 

- Sandy-Matthew Reisig
 Added: Mar. 9, 2014
 

- gecko
 Added: Mar. 3, 2014
 
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