Known as “The Buckeye Bullet,” Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler expected the Games to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy, but the United States won 11 gold medals — six of which were won by African-American athletes, and four of which were won by Owens.
Triumph Amid Tragedy
The terrorist group Black September took hostage and killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, forever marring the image of the 1972 Olympics. Spitz, a Jewish Olympian, had to be taken out of West Germany before the end of the Olympics.RANK: 49 LOCATION: Munich, Germany DATE: 9/4/1972 CATEGORY: Summer Olympics