Jesse Owens was originally born James Cleveland Owens. Jesse was born on September 12, 1913. While he was young, he often got sick but quickly got over those illnesses. At the age of only seven, he was told to work in the cotton fields. He was told to pick up at least 100 pounds of cotton a day. When he was 9, he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. When he was there, he thought he heard "Jesse" instead of what his instructor had said was "J.C.". So James decided to change his name to Jesse. He went to East Technical High School. He quickly made himself known there in the 100 and 200-meter dash, and finally the long jump. He got himself the nickname "Buckeye Bullet". He "tied a world record in the 100-yard dash—and set a long jump record of 26-8 ¼ that would stand for 25 years. Owens also set new world marks in the 220-yard dash and in the 220-yard low hurdles." "He captured four gold medals (the 100 meter, the long jump, the 200 meter and the 400-meter relay), and broke two Olympic records along the way. Owens record for the world broad jump would last 25 years until being broken by Olympian Irvin Roberson in 1960. After Owens won the 100-meter event, a furious Hitler stormed out of the stadium, though some reports indicate that Hitler later congratulated the athlete on his success."
After the 1936 Olympics, he retired from being a professional athlete and found he calling in relations, marketing, and setting up a business for himself in Chicago, Illinois. While he smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, he died from lung cancer on March 31, 1980 in Tuscon, Arizona.
My Reaction: I think that learning about Jesse Owens was fun because all I knew about him that he was a runner like me but I never knew how he died or how he became so great.