Jesse Owens (USA) was born on September 12, 1913 and is best known for winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, in front of a partisan German crowd led by Hitler and his intent on using the Games as a tool to showcase 'Aryan superiority'. Interestingly, and perhaps predictably, that narrative is conveniently packaged, and there are accounts of Germany actually being somewhat a generous host to Owens. Regardless, Owens was a remarkable athlete and is often considered the best track athlete ever - so much so that USA Track and Field named its annual honor of achievement after him.
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