1936 Olympics: Germany's Medals & The Jesse Owens Myth
The only thing I've ever heard about the 1936 Berlin Olympics is about the negro runner, Jesse Owens. And once I heard, "Jesse Owens beat Hitler". The media have long used Owens as an example of Black "success". This time around they lost! They conveniently overlook the fact that GERMANY WON THE HIGHEST TOTAL NUMBER OF MEDALS. And by a wide margin. The Olympics are not about one person, but rather about the efforts put forward by 49 nations.
For 80 years this fact was never openly acknowledged, while Owens was being paraded as a "hero". Put another way - If Owens represented America and Hitler represented Germany, which side came out ahead? Here are the final results of both summer and winter events of the 1936 Olympiad. So once again, who was better?