Top Ten Olympic Scandals and Tragedies

2 – Hitler Attends The Olympic Games (1936)

In 1936, in Berlin, Hitler stood in the stands as Chancellor and President of his country. Hitler was overjoyed to watch his prized athletes prove themselves in the world arena, but his joy turned to nastiness as black athlete Jesse Owens defeated his own athletes in the track and field events he dominated. Owens won four Gold medals, and Hitler, out of spite, refused to give the black athlete the medals he earned that day.

The nature of the nascent Third Reich was revealed to many as Hitler’s childishness and racism resulted in a global scandal. Owens got his medals nonetheless, and Hitler and his entourage left the arena in protest.

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