They attended a Baptist church regularly on Sundays. Eventually, Jesse’s family moved to Cleveland. While Jesse was in elementary school, Charles Riley, a track field coach, noticed how fast he ran and high he jumped and offered to coach him. He wanted to meet young Jesse so he would be able to mold him into a good high school track and field and even an Olympic athlete. This coach recommended Jesse to do more running than what he was doing in gym class.
(Raatma 8-9) Jesse began running track and field in middle school. In 1928 he set many middle school records including jumping almost twenty-three feet in the long jump (“About Jesse Owens” 1). Jesse went to East Technical High School in the 1930s where he continued to set records and develop as a track and field star. In fact, in his Junior Year, at the National Interscholastic Championship, Jesse set the 220-yard dash record and tied the world record in the 100-yard dash. The city of Cleveland, in order to demonstrate their pride, honored Jesse Owens with a citywide parade marking his debut into the spotlight.
Even though he faced many road blocks to his career as a runner, he was still highly successful. He tried everything he could to make it happen, and in the end he did. He also showed how wrong people were of thinking that he was incapable because of his background. He completely changed racial barriers for the better in the sport’s world. Sadly, this wonderful person passed away on November 15, 2003, but that doesn’t mean his legacy doesn’t live on.
This man was Jesse Owens, a man with a rough childhood but a great desire for triumph and success as a long jumper and sprinter (Smith 1). To rub it in, as Owens crossed the finish line far ahead of the “superior” Aryans on his two-hundred meter race he stared into Hitler’s eyes with confidence (Smith 1). According to (Barnes 2), “Adolf Hitler was so upset by his achievements that he refused to congratulate him... ... middle of paper ... ...hrough immense poverty, segregation, and was undervalued by his peers. Jesse Owens was ridiculed by many in the Nazi party during the 1936 Olympics but he ignored their hateful looks and instead saw himself as an athlete and not an icon of the inferiority of his race and he was able to prove them wrong with outstanding track and field accomplishments. He is an inspirational symbol for the injustice of racial profiling and is a role model to athletes everywhere.
Though with all the jobs Jesse had he could not do track in the afternoon so his coach made him get there before school so he could practice track. /jesse set Junior high records in the high jump with a 6 foot jump and he set another one in the broad jump with 22 feet 11 inches and 3/4. In high school, Jesse won all his major track events. He set records in the 100 meter dash with 9.4 seconds which also tied the world record. Also in high school he set two world records.
Unfortunately, the Olympics didn’t work out the way he planned. Later in life, he battled health, marriage, and child issues. Undeterred by his struggles, the story of Jim Thorpe’s life is a triumphant yet tragic account of a man who overcame the impossible and the impassible to become the greatest athlete in the history of the world. Jim had a rough childhood. His mother and father had 11 children, six of which died at an early age.
In junior high he beat both the long and high jump records with ease. He had jumped 6ft. In the high jump and roughly 23ft. in in the long jump. Jesse Owens then went to Cleveland East Technical High School to further his education and running career.
Although Jesse was unable to participate in after-school practices because of work, Coach Riley offered to train him in the mornings. Jesse agreed. At Cleveland East Technical High School Jesse became a track star. As a senior, he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.4 seconds, only to tie it again while running in the Interscholastic Championships in Chicago. While in Chicago, he also leaped a distance of 24 feet 9 5/8 inches in the broad-jump.
Jesse participated in track and field events and had miraculous results. Jesse Owens set the Jr. High School’s records in the high jump – flying over 6 feet, and in the broad jump – bounding 22 feet 11 ¾ inches (source 2). With this skill, his coaches encouraged him to join track and field in high school. In high school Mr. Owens competed in a competition called the Ohi... ... middle of paper ... ... hard work throughout his whole life. Most famously known for showing how you can achieve things even during times of hardship, for example segregation and discrimination.
When he was attending Waldesina Primary he was running at regional races. By the time he turned 12 he was the fastest runner in the whole area. Usains cricket coach was right to tell him to be a track athlete. In 2001 Bolt was about 14 years old and he won his first silver medal running a 22.04secs at a high school state championships. Knowing he was a gifted sprinter he never thought he would become the fastest man in the world.