May 1, 2012 |
The Olympics are (almost) back, and it's a good time to sing again the ballad of Jesse Owens, the black American track star who put the lie to Adolf Hitler's master-race malarkey at the 1936 Summer Olympics by winning four gold medals. (It's never not a good time to sing that song, of course.) "Jesse Owens," premiering Tuesday on PBS SoCal as part of the series "American Experience," is the latest work to take up that inspiring tune. Written by Stanley Nelson, directed by Laurens Grant ("Freedom Riders")
August 15, 2009 |
Stephanie Brown Trafton, a young woman of commanding physical stature and Olympian achievement, had a sense of the overwhelming this morning as she looked at the austere granite facade of the 1936 Olympic Stadium. "The first thing I thought of was how intimidating and imposing it was, just the rocks with all the columns," said Brown Trafton, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound reigning Olympic discus champion. "I imagined how Jesse felt walking into the stadium in a situation where people definitely weren't rooting for him."
February 21, 1989 |
When Florence Griffith Joyner was 15 years old, she received one of her biggest disappointments from Jesse Owens. Today, Griffith Joyner again was linked to the great sprinter and long jumper of the 1930s --and it was one of her most gratifying experiences. Griffith Joyner, who sprinted to three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in 1988, and broke world records in the women's 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, received the 1989 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award.
March 28, 1990 |
The late Jesse Owens, whose performance at the 1936 Olympics put the lie to Adolf Hitler's boasts of racial superiority, picked up a fifth gold medal today for "humanitarian contributions in the race of life." President Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to his widow, Ruth Owens, in a ceremony at the White House also attended by three daughters and teammates of the track legend. This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Owens' death at age 66.
May 4, 1986 |
The Jesse Owens Classic, with 21 of 27 champions back to defend their titles, has drawn the best field in the four-year history of the event, meet officials say. The roster for this year's Owens, scheduled for this afternoon in Ohio Stadium, will include two members of the world record setting 1984 U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team--Calvin Smith and Sam Graddy. Smith holds the Owens meet record in the 200-meter dash of 20.45 and is the world record-holder in the 100 at 9.93.
August 8, 1990 |
The Rams' Robert Cox remembered one of America's most famous athletes as he practiced on the fields outside Olympiastadion Tuesday. Cox, who earned his degree in history at UCLA, was standing knee deep in it. Books are books. This, he knew, was education. Cox's career as an offensive tackle with the Rams, burgeoning as it is, came into proper perspective.