Jesse Owens
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"James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens" was an American track and field athlete and four-time Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics/Olympic gold medalist.

Owens specialized in the Sprint (running)/sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany/Berlin, Nazi Germany/Germany, Owens won international fame with four Olympic gold medal/gold medals: Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres/100 meters, Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres/200 meters, Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump/long jump, and Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay/4x100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crush[ing] Adolf Hitler/Hitler's myth of Aryanization/Aryan supremacy."

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Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard.

I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.

I always loved running / it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.

The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.

The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us -- that's where it's at.

One chance is all you need.

Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.