jesseowens.jpgSpeaking of sick cult leaders, no conversation or article would be complete on this subject without mentioning Adolph Hitler, who ironically was hosting the Olympics in Berlin on this day August 9, 1936 when  Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal. 

Jesse Owens, the son of a black sharecropper from Alabama stole the show when he won his fourth gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay, after winning gold medals in his three individual events.  The fact that three other black Americans also won did little to please Hitler, but the applause from the German crowds for Owens was thunderous.  In 1935 at the Big Track and Field Championships, Owens equaled or set world records in four events, the 100 and 220-yard dashes, 200-yard low hurdles and the long jump. He was also credited with world marks in the 200-meter hurdles and 200-meter run.  Six world records in one afternoon, and he did it all in 45 minutes!  In 1976, Jesse was awarded the highest honor a civilian of the United States can receive. President Gerald R. Ford awarded him with the Medal of Freedom.   Several years later at the age of 66, Jesse Owens died on March 31, 1980.  Jesse Owens Official website.

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