|Birthname||James Cleveland Owens|
|born on||12 September 1913|
|Place||Oakville (Lawrence County), Alabama, 34n27, 87w10|
|Timezone||CST h6w (is standard time)|
American premier track star, winning four Gold Medals in the 1936 Olympic games and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976, the highest honor a U.S. civilian can receive. Owens was a son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves, working his way up to the title of "fastest man on Earth."
At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crush[ing] Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy."
"Jesse dedicated himself to upholding the Olympic ideal of sportsmanship and the American ideals of fair play, hard work and open competition," quoted from President George Bush.
Owens died of lung cancer on 31 March 1980 in Tucson, Arizona.
- role played of/by Harewood, Dorian (born 6 August 1950). Notes: Played movie role
- Work : Prize 1936 (Four Olympic Gold Medals, field and track)
- Work : Prize 1976 (Presidential Medal of Freedom)
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- Vocation : Sports : Track and Field (Famed, pro and Olympian)
- Notable : Awards : Medals (Presidential Medal of Freedom)
- Notable : Awards : Olympics (Four Gold Medals)