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BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE 17: JESSE OWENS, PART 2: SHORT BIO - LUTZ FRIENDSHIP




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




an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games.




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".[2]


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"[3] 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". 
However, the first person to congratulate him and shake his hand was his German competitor, Lutz Long, and that began a friendship which lasted until Lutz' death in 1944...eight years later.  The video below highlights that "wonderful friendship" begun in the midst of racist turmoil and hate from the "so-called leaders of the two nations".....


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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
2015 Ashton Eaton   ------------
2014 Meb Keflezighi   ------------
2013 LaShawn Merritt  ------------
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



Year Winner
1995 Michael Johnson
1994 Michael Johnson
1993 Gail Devers
1992 Kevin Young
1991 Carl Lewis
1990 Lynn Jennings
1989 Roger Kingdom
1988 Florence Griffith Joyner
1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee
1985 Willie Banks
1984 Joan Benoit
1983 Mary Decker
1982 Carl Lewis
1981 Edwin Moses


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