Olympian Jesse Owens dominated the 1936 Olympics with four track and field gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, and the 4 x 100-meter relay. The Lawrence County native dominated track and field from a young age. While in college at the Big Ten Championships, Owens set three world records and tied a fourth in less than one hour. Owens is widely remembered as the nation’s greatest Olympian.

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