Highlights of the 1936 Olympics Berlin

The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were more than just a worldwide sporting event, it was show of Nazi propaganda, stirring significant conflict. Despite the exclusionary principles of the 1936 Games, countries around the world still agreed to participate. Of course, while the Olympics are ostensibly designed to bring a multitude of races and cultures together in a spectacle of competition, the Adolf Hitler had little use for such notions of unification. In fact, he deliberately hurt his country's chances for success by keeping Jews out of athletic clubs and events, eliminating potential Olympic medalists like high-jumper Gretel Bergmann. Meanwhile, Jesse Owens had emerged as a track and field sensation in the States. He tied the world record in the 100-yard dash while still in high school, and his performance at the 1935 Big Ten Championships, in which he established three world records and matched a fourth over a span of 45 minutes, remains one of the most extraordinary accomplishments in collegiate sports history. Length 10:00.