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Adolf Hitler wanted to use the 1936 Summer

Adolf Hitler wanted to use the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin to promote the "superiority of the Aryan race." Jesse Owens (center) had other ideas. In fact, It's safe to say that the track star dashed away Hitler's belief that German athletes would dominate the games. The Ohio State University alum, known as the "Buckeye Bullet," won four gold medals in sprint and long jump events during the track and field competition. Owens' dominant performance wouldn't be approached until American Carl Lewis won four gold medals in the same events during the 1984 Olympics. (Credit: AP)

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