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OWENS "Jessee" James Cleveland (1913-1980) United States / Track and field
James Owens is and will forever remain one of the greatest Olympic athletes of the between the wars period, not only because he won four gold medals at the games, but because he got them in Berlin in 1936 in front of a furious Hitler. What was to follow was less dreamlike. Having lost his amateur status, he became professional and took part in shows which tarnished somewhat his image. He tried cinema acting, but without success.Finally, he was named as roving ambassador for the third world by President Eisenhower, thus ensuring his upkeep during his days as an old man.To make up for the scorn it once showed him, the city of Berlin has recently renamed one of its streets Jessee Owens. It can be found just next to the Olympic stadium.

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