While trumpeting Aryan supremacy at the Berlin Games, the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, summoned German gold medalists Tilly Fleischer and Hans Woellke to his box to congratulate them, but he left the stadium after African-American Cornelius Johnson, a supposed “non-human” in the eyes of Hitler, won the high jump. More famously, Jesse Owens (above, center) later won four track and field golds in another embarrassment for the preening Nazis.
“Champions are a rare breed.
They see beyond the
dangers, the risks, the obstacles,
and the hardships”
—Dr. Lester Sumrall