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Top 10 Olympic Controversies

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Jesse Owens (1936)


The 1936 Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany, during a time when Adolf Hitler was determined to prove to the world the superiority of the German "Aryan" people. Jesse Owens, a black man from Cleveland, Ohio won four gold medals and beat out every single "Aryan" in his events. Hitler refused to shake his hand or hand him his medals. The 1936 games are now known to many as the "Hitler Olympics."

Next: Stella Walsh (1936)

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