Sept. 12, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesse Owens, one of the early American Olympic heroes. Owens struck a monumental victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics for both himself and his country when he took the gold medal in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump, besting Nazi Germany competitors on their home soil. In the course of a week, Owens, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of slaves, dealt a blow on the world's stage to Adolph Hitler's Nazi propaganda and the myth of a master race. SI.com commemorates the historic achievements of Owens with a look at some rare photos of the Buckeye Bullet.
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