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You will be changed, seeing this story. The great Jesse Owens was a champion in the Olympics and championed friendship with a competitor for a lifetime. And do not miss the afterword with little-seen pictures. (Two-minute read and video.)
The 1936 Olympics was held in Germany. Adolf Hitler was in power. To Hitler, the Olympics were to be a statement about the supremacy of the so-called Aryan race. Every other ethnicity was inferior. But Jesse Owens, of African ancestry, won four gold medals at the 1936 games. Owens beat some of Hitler’s greatest athletes.
Much could be said about Jesse Owens’s great skill as an athlete. But there is a deeper story, a human story, the friendship between Jesse Owens and Luz Long, a German long jumper. Long and Owens cemented a lifelong friendship in a matter of days. Wonderful pictures exist of Owens and Luz talking or walking together arm in arm. As Owens said of Long,