Jesse Owens, Part 3
This is the final part of our tribute to Jesse Owens, whose small part in Charlie Chan at the Olympics* doesn't begin to reflect the impact that he and his fellow American athletes had at the 1936 Olympics.
By the end of his sophmore year at Ohio State, Jesse realized that he could be successful on a more competitive level. Jesse entered the 1936 Olympics, which to many are known as the "Hitler Olympics." These games were to be held in Nazi Germany, and Hitler was going to prove to the world that the German "Aryan" people were the dominant race. Jesse had different plans, however, and by the end of the games even German fans cheered for him.
(A shot of the Hindenberg Zepplin without the swastikas brushed out, courtesy of www.charliechan.info)
Jesse was triumphant in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the broad jump. He was also a key member of the 400-meter relay team that won the Gold Medal. In all but one of these events Jesse set Olympic records. Jesse was the first American in the history of Olympic Track and Field to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.
(Aerial shots of two of the Berlin Olympic Venues)
Plus . . . who can pass up Charlie Chan, our Chinese Hero from the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii, besting Berlin's Best Coppers!
*Our Monday Night Room Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.