He was quoted saying the secret behind his success was “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. Ohio State University
Owens attended Ohio State University after employment was found for his father ensuring the family could be supported. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany.
He was the most successful athlete at the 1936 Summer Olympics. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin Germany where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters the 200 meters the long jump and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12 1913 – March 31 1980) was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump.