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Did you know James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (1913 – 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals at the Olympics that year in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with the 100-meter relay and other events off the track. He was recognized in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”. In 1976, Owens received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1990.