Tuesday, 12 April 2011

VIDEOS ~ Jesse Owens ~ Berlin Olympics ~ 1936

Alisdair and I recently read the book "Jesse Owens" by Mervyn Kaufman.  It's another "Crowell Biography" like the ones we have studied about Paul Robeson and Ray Charles.

Here is a brief clip of footage of Jesse Owen's 100 metre race at the Olympics in Berlin, Germany in 1936.  He was obviously a very determined young man and well deserving of his Olympic medals.  It's amazing ~ in a personal context, my father was just two years old when Jesse Owens competed in the Olympics and my mother would not be born for another two years. And yet, thanks to early technology, we can witness this historic event!

Owens was the first American Track and Field athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympiad.  His record stood for forty-eight years, until Carl Lewis matched Owens' feat at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.                                                                                                          ~ Jesse Owens

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