American athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals under Hitler's nose, disproving the dictator's nonsensical obsession with 'Aryan' superiority.

American athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals under Hitler's nose, disproving the dictator's nonsensical obsession with 'Aryan' superiority.

The German silver medalist was the first to congratulate Owens and they took a lap of honour around the stadium together as the crowd rose to salute them both. "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler," said Owens later. "You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment."

The German silver medalist was the first to congratulate Owens and they took a lap of honour around the stadium together as the crowd rose to salute them both. "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler," said Owens later. "You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment."

Not all of us at IC are athletes, but some of us work out. Not all of us are dedicated fans of any sport, but some of us like watching them on TV. What we can all agree on, though, is that the Olympics are a special time – not only for athletes, but for the global community.

Not all of us at IC are athletes, but some of us work out. Not all of us are dedicated fans of any sport, but some of us like watching them on TV. What we can all agree on, though, is that the Olympics are a special time – not only for athletes, but for the global community.

Pre-war Germany. Berlin decorated for the Olympic games, 1936. Hitler was in power by now, and he wanted Germany to look its best: he even went so far as to take down anti-semitic signs and rid the streets of the homeless for the time they hosted the Games.

Pre-war Germany. Berlin decorated for the Olympic games, 1936. Hitler was in power by now, and he wanted Germany to look its best: he even went so far as to take down anti-semitic signs and rid the streets of the homeless for the time they hosted the Games.

Berlin Olympics - 1936, Karl Hein and Erwin Blask, the two strong German athletes who won Gold and Silver medals in the hammer throw with record distances.

Berlin Olympics - 1936, Karl Hein and Erwin Blask, the two strong German athletes who won Gold and Silver medals in the hammer throw with record distances.

Nazi Olympics | Owens defies Hitler - Berlin 1936 - Most memorable Olympic moments ...

Nazi Olympics | Owens defies Hitler - Berlin 1936 - Most memorable Olympic moments ...

Hard to believe Germany hosted the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the bid was won in 1931; Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy

Hard to believe Germany hosted the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the bid was won in 1931; Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy

Owens competing in the 200 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, 1936 attended OSU before Olympics

Owens competing in the 200 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, 1936 attended OSU before Olympics

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