(September 12, 1913-March 31, 1980)
First American in the history of Olympic Track and Field to win four gold medals in a single Olympics (Berlin, 1936)
Founder of The Jesse Owens Foundation for Inner City Youth in Chicago
Awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the U.S. can give to a civilian (1976)
Was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (1990)
Why he might be annoying
He was frail and had recurring pneumonia.
He was a business partner in a chain of cleaning stores that left him $55,000 in debt when his partners skipped town.
He smoke a pack of cigarettes each day, causing him to die of lung cancer.
Why he might not be annoying
He is honored on a 32¢ U.S. commemorative stamp.
He had to deal with racism, especially during the Olympics in Nazi Germany.
His family was poor, so he had to take on odd jobs.
Not only did he break his ass falling down a flight of stairs, but one week later he also broke three world records and tied for a fourth at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor, MI (May 25, 1935).
He became an American hero for his performance at the 1936 Olympics, making Adolf Hitler look bad.
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For 2014, as of last week, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 357 Votes: 49.58% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 62 Votes: 25.81% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 119 Votes: 65.55% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 88 Votes: 35.23% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 53 Votes: 37.74% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 933 Votes: 43.30% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 219 Votes: 39.73% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 420 Votes: 41.90% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 648 Votes: 41.51% Annoying
In 2003, Out of 993 Votes: 42.30% Annoying
In 2002, Out of 3691 Votes: 55.78% Annoying
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