One of the most influential events in American history occurred when Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This accomplishment and others that he would achieve in his life time, were inspiring given the historical context in which he rose to fame. Jesse Owens created a historic legacy not just because of his record finishes on the track, but also due to the challenging times in which he competed.
Jesse Owens changed the world by matriculated in the Olympics and showing that everyone is different and better at things than other people. Starting with shaking Hitler's hand and the Gunshot of the run, he showed the world that every race is superior in many ways. In all of the events he competed he took first in and showed that race does not matter. Although, “Jesse Owens, who smoked up to a pack of cigarettes a day for a good deal of his life, died of lung cancer in Tucson, Arizona, on March 31, 1980” (History). When he was awarded the medals he showed the world that all blacks can compete in the olyimpics.
Jesse Owens is one of the most well known runners to ever set foot on a track. He battled his way into the Olympics. He proved to the world that it doesn't matter where you come from. He stood apart from all the other runners, black or white. not because of the records he set, the titles he earned, or the medals he gained, but because of the way he gave people hope. For what he did for races all over the world, Jesse Owens truly was the greatest man alive.
Jesse James was born in Clay County, Missouri on the Fifth of September 1847. His parents were Zerelda and Robert James. They were hemp farmers that owned six slaves, but most people wouldn’t know that. They only know him as an outlaw. Nevertheless, the name “Jesse James” is one that almost everyone has heard, even though he has been dead for over one hundred years. (Defeat n. pg.) Now, although Jesse James was a traditional outlaw in many respects, his legend perseveres as an icon of American culture.
He went undefeated until his senior year in college where he lost to Larry Owings in overtime. After college, he trained and went to Olympus and won 4 gold medals, one silver, and 3 bronzes. He was the American to win a gold medal in 12 years.
Jim Thorpe was an American Athlete who performed during the early 1900’s. At a young age he picked up track and field and eventually other sports like baseball and football and excelled in all of them. He gained worldwide attention because of his amazing talent in every sport he picked up and also because of his race being Native American, which was rare to see in professional sports. His two best sports were Football and Track and field which he won many awards in. He then got into the acting business which made him even more popular and respected throughout the US and even the world. From being told he is the best athlete in the world by a king, to being the president of what is now the NFL, Jim Thorpe changed America culturally because of his athletic career, his ability to persuade people not to discriminate
In the 1880s Bo Jackson was an athlete that excelled in three sports in high school. They were baseball, football, and track (Ten things to know on the 25th anniversary of Bo Jackson) While he was in high school he was already being recruited by the New
Greatness in sports is a status that only very few reach, however to be labeled the greatest athlete of all time is for that one soul individual who excels at all aspects of the game and exceeds every other player in that sport. In my exploratory essay I established what makes an athlete the greatest athlete of all time. In the following paragraph I am going to summarize what makes an athlete the greatest athlete of all time. For the sake of the argument to follow I am going to stick with just the NFL. When I look at the NFL one name comes to mind when thinking about the greatest NFL player of all time. His name is Tom Brady. Tom Brady is the greatest of all time.
In the 100-meter dash there were twelve preliminary rounds, which were all to be ran the first day of competition. In order to advance from there the top two runners of each race will go on to the semi-final. Owens's was scheduled to run in the last round, which was good for him because it let him see what he would have to race against if he made it to the finals. Jesse Owens didn't have to worry much about opposing team members very much with his speed.
Everyday today's youth are asked what they want to be when they grow up. Some say teachers, firemen, police officers and a large response to that question is a professional athlete. Something that all these professions have in common is that they are all role models to children. Firemen, teachers, police officers have an easy job at doing this; they are after all the people that save children, teach children and protect children. But professional athletes on the other hand have a difficult task assigned to them when it comes to being role models. Professional athletes are not given an option as to be a role model or not. Just because they have a special gift does not make them have
The rebellious Jesse James got married to the love of his life, Zerelda Mimms also known as “Zee Mimms.” Which happened to be his cousin as well. Jesse and Zee ended up being in a nine year relationship before they got married in April of 1874 in the mist of James and his gang committing crimes. People believed that he didn’t even have a heart because of all the cold hearted actions he has done but there was a human inside him and she was that one person that made him weak. They were eventually buried next to each
He carried that hard work and determination in high school where he became an All American in football at his school while breaking multiple records and maintaining an exceptionally good GPA of 3.5. He actually didn’t start running track until the age of 16 and also became an All American in track and holds the school record in the 400-meter dash. After high school, he was offered a chance to continue his track and football career at the Boise State University, where he received a full scholarship for track and football continued his outstanding athletic success and grades.
Along with having an amazing personal life, and many titles, Alex also had many accomplishments and some injuries. Since Alex has joined the team, they have lost very few games; even when they lose, they come back and make it right. For example, they lost a game to Japan; but in a revengeful game, Alex scored the winning goal(2-1). Alex also lead The Golden Bears, her college team, to the NCAA all americans every year(4). Also, she won a gold medal at the 2015 Olympics, which shows she is an outstanding player. With accomplishments come injuries. Alex has had many bruised bones and sprains, but she always comes back from them. For instance, Alex was out with a sprained ankle for 7 weeks; but came back. Alex currently has a bad knee injury,
True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have. Role models are those who have affected us in ways that influence us to be better people. They are people who others imitate, emulate or look to for guidance. There are good role models who inspire greatness in others and bad role models who are bad influences. There are even anti-role models, pegged by the media as "bad girls" or "bad boys" who serve as good examples of what not to do if you want to become a successful, respected person. With the majority of my time spent as an athlete throughout high school and college, I believe athletes should pose as role models.