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Jesse Owens (Sept. 12, 1913 - Mar. 31, _____________) was one of the world's greatest ______________________ and field ______________________, and an ______________________ gold medal winner.

Jesse Owens was born in ______________________, the son of a sharecropper. His name was originally James Cleveland Owens. At the age of 9, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was given the ______________________ Jesse. Jesse was an excellent track athlete in junior high and ______________________, setting world records for his age group.

As an Ohio State University student, Owens set new world ______________________ in the 220 yard ______________________, the 200 yard hurdles, and the ______________________ jump (and equaled the record in the 100 yard) at the National Collegiate Track and Field Meet (on May 25, 1935).

The next year, at the 1936 Berlin ______________________ games, Jesse Owens won 4 gold ______________________ (in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter relay and the long jump) , set two Olympic records, and tied another. This ________________________ Hitler (who was the leader of ______________________ at the time, and the person who began World _________________ 2, killing millions of people). Owens' victories were an affront to Hitler's racial theories - Hitler had assumed that the "Aryans" (the Germanic race) would easily win.



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