JESSE OWENS WAS AN OHIO STATE TRACK AND FIELD STAR CALLED THE "BUCCANEER BULLET"
PRIOR TO BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD
OLYMPIC "SUPERSTAR IN 1936!
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was
Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history".
His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equalled.
At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens achieved international fame by winning 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 a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy",
although he "wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either".
Jesse Owens Award
Established in 1981, The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track & field performers.
Note: The Women’s Athlete of the Year award was renamed the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award in 2013. Click here for Jackie Joyner-Kersee award recipients.
|Year||Male Winner||Female Winner|
|2012||Ashton Eaton||Allyson Felix|
|2011||Jesse Williams||Carmelita Jeter|
|2010||David Oliver||Allyson Felix|
|2009||Tyson Gay||Sanya Richards|
|2008||Bryan Clay||Stephanie Brown Trafton|
|2007||Tyson Gay||Allyson Felix|
|2006||Jeremy Wariner||Sanya Richards|
|2005||Justin Gatlin||Allyson Felix|
|2004||Justin Gatlin||Joanna Hayes|
|2003||Tom Pappas||Deena Drossin Kastor|
|2002||Khalid Khannouhi||Deena Drossin|
|2001||John Godina||Stacy Dragila|
|2000||Angelo Taylor||Stacy Dragila|
|1999||Maurice Greene||Inger Miller|
|1998||John Godina||Marion Jones|
|1997||Allen Johnson||Marion Jones|
|1996||Michael Johnson||Gail Devers|
|1988||Florence Griffith Joyner|