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There are so many layers to the legacy of Olympic gold medalist, Jesse Owens. Thanks to a new film on PBS, we can now learn so much more about the movement that was growing in the U.S. to organize a boycott of the Olympics over Germany’s growing anti-Semitism, and how racial tensions in Europe and the U.S. disrupted the life of such an unbelievable athlete.
“The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t.”
“Upbeat, positive, and determined, Owens gamely tried anything and everything — from running against horses for money to operating a dry cleaning business — to provide for his family. As an athlete Jesse Owens could compete — and win — against any man. But once he stepped off the track the same would not hold true.”
Floyd’s right when he says that “Floyd Mayweather is bigger than the sport.” We can’t think of another boxer who’s been interviewed by the all-things-culture magazine, Interview. Well, we heard that name, and decided to make a magazine with him. GET YOUR MYMAG. (He’s a legend.)
“Any fight that Floyd Mayweather is in is going to be entertaining, regardless. People come to see an icon, a living legend, a superstar. You can talk about other fighters all you want. But I’ve never been beat before. So all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather. The big question for everyone is, How can we beat this guy? How can we beat Floyd Mayweather? Simple as that.”
“Floyd Mayweather is bigger than the sport. That’s the thing. Because you can go to somebody who don’t even know what boxing is and say, ‘Floyd Mayweather.’ They’ll go, ‘Oh, I know Floyd Mayweather. I’ve heard that name.’ A lot of the time, with names, you’ve got to be a boxing fan to know who these other fighters are today. Sometimes, people say certain things about me that are negative, but that’s no problem. I try to take their negative and turn it to a positive. That’s why I like to surround myself with positive people. That’s why I’m able to go into a fight of such high magnitude and be at ease—because, when I get in that ring, I say, ‘God could have chosen anybody, but I’m the chosen one.’ I’m happy to be in that position, so I’m gonna take full advantage of it.”
Pictures & Quotes Courtesy of Interview.
You’ve waited long enough for this chance. Get inside the head of one of the most praised sports figures alive today; the five-division world champion, winner of seven world titles, icon of determination and finesse. He’s downright undefeated.
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