James Cleveland „Jesse“ Owens
(September 12, 1913 - March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete. In his college years he
already equaled one world record and broke three others. In 1936 Owens won four gold medals at the
Olympic Games in Berlin. The Jesse Owens Award, USA Track and Field's highest accolade for the year's
best track and field athlete, is named after him. He was ranked as the sixth greatest North American
athlete of the twentieth century and the highest-ranked in his sport. Owens died from cancer aged 66.