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  • PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

    Premieres May 1
    Watch preview and first 10 min:
    His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. 

  • #2
    Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

    I hope it might include film of the jump he did for photographers after LJ event (or after
    the Games) - 27'0, it was claimed. Hope this will get a lot of viewers - historic t&f
    if ever there was! (His 1935 LJ would've made 2000 & 2004 Olympic teams).

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    • #3
      Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

      Saw a preview of this in Philadelphia last night. Lots of different footage. Olympics plus other meets. Worth watching.

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      • #4
        Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

        Just watched it. There was some footage of Eulace Peacock and a bit of perspective on Owens' losses to him.

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        • #5
          Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

          Caught the last 15 min of the Owens pbs show last night. Has anyone ever had such efficient running form? In 80 ys. since Owens I can't remember anyone that smooth. No movement of his head while running full speed.

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          • #6
            Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

            Overall a pretty good effort. I too found the film/photos of Peacock of great interest. Re the Berlin LJ qualifying. It stated Owens qualified with his last (third) jump of about 25 feet. I have read elsewhere, it was a much shorter effort, and barely made the qualifying standard. Interesting that the two Oly LJ records that have held up the longest (Owens 36 - 24 years, Beamon 68 - now at 43 years) were preceded by problems in qualifying for the final. Also both were (probably) wind-aided.

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            • #7
              Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

              You can watch it online at the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperie ... ns/player/

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              • #8
                Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                cullman - thanks for the info! - as I missed on on tv... very good documentary. I have read different views on Lutz Long's long jump advice during the competition, regardless, the Owens-Long hand-in-hand gesture documented in the film is priceless...

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                • #9
                  Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                  great movie:

                  it's the first time I've seen the 100 meters race from AAU 1935, where Peacock and Metcalfe beats Owens:

                  other races and jumps of Owens':

                  1935 NCAA-100y Jesse Owens 9.8,Eulace Peacock, 220yLH-Jesse Owens 23.5, Glenn Hardin no.2
                  http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... ds=hurdles

                  1936 jesse Owens
                  http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/30637096_050.do? assetId=clip_15967452&keywords=jesse%2Cowens

                  1936-owens columbus, ohio
                  http://www.britishpathe.com/video/u-s-a ... /athletics

                  1936-Jesse Owens Columbus 23/5 i 21.1/ Robert Osgood i 14.2y den 23/5 og Donald Lash vs Charles Fenske i 1 mile 4:10.8 mod 4:10.9 den 23/5-1936 – http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=6770

                  1936 Jesse Owens at AAU
                  http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip ... ords=jesse %2Cowens

                  1936-AAU- fine pictures
                  http://www.britishpathe.com/video/olymp ... /athletics

                  1936 AAU 4/7 princeton –Varoff 4.43vr-Owens Jesse Owens 10.4-længde 8.00-Cornelius Johnson 2.032,
                  http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=6910

                  http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675 ... iation-of- Universities_National-meet_hurdle-race

                  1936 AAU Princeton den 4.7.: Owens wins 100m in 10,4 Ralph Metcalfe second - Towns vinder 110mH i 14,2 – Glenn Cunningham vinder 1500m 3:54.2 vs Romani/Venzke/Bonthron – Universal Newsreel http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/331740_010.do

                  1936-USOT-1500-cunningham vs San Romani 3:49.9-HJ-Johnson/Albritton 2.076-5000- Lash/Zamperini 15:04.2-100sf-Owens10.5/Stoller10.6-Glickman10.7-Wykoff no4-400-Archie Williams 46.6/Smallwood46.7-800-Woodruff 1:51.0-110mH-Towens 14.3-Pollard 14,5 http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675 ... _Randalls- Island_American-athletes_athletes-compete

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                  • #10
                    Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                    Overall it was pretty good.
                    I was bothered by a bit of sloppy reporting. The narrator stated that Peacock was injured and replaced by Metcalfe which was quite misleading.
                    Given the later reference to Jackie Robinson it would have been nice for the narrator to have mentioned that Mack Robinson finished 2nd in the 200.
                    I have two questions. The lead in the "broad jump" competition was said to have gone back and forth. Was this true? Anyone know the sequence of marks?
                    The second has to do with political irony. Brundage saw to it that Owens was barred from further competition after he cut short his post Olympic tour to return home. Fast forward to 1968. Who was it that prodded Owens (was he prodded or did he do it on his own?) to approach the athletes about not boycotting?

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                    • #11
                      Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                      Originally posted by KDFINE
                      Overall it was pretty good.
                      I was bothered by a bit of sloppy reporting. The narrator stated that Peacock was injured and replaced by Metcalfe which was quite misleading.
                      Given the later reference to Jackie Robinson it would have been nice for the narrator to have mentioned that Mack Robinson finished 2nd in the 200.
                      I have two questions. The lead in the "broad jump" competition was said to have gone back and forth. Was this true? Anyone know the sequence of marks?
                      The second has to do with political irony. Brundage saw to it that Owens was barred from further competition after he cut short his post Olympic tour to return home. Fast forward to 1968. Who was it that prodded Owens (was he prodded or did he do it on his own?) to approach the athletes about not boycotting?
                      Good point re Mack Robinson.

                      Sequence of marks in Berlin final in m.
                      Owens 7.74 7.87 7.75 f 7.94 8.06
                      Long 7.54 7.74 7.84 7.73 7.87 f

                      So some change in leader but not as much as implied in film; re first two jumps, depends on where they were in the rotation.

                      Re 1968 approach to (other) black athletes. I recall some of this has been discussed at another thread. As you know, it did not endear Owens to most of the black athletes.

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                      • #12
                        Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                        The 1936 Berlin Olympics marked the first time that qualifying marks were not carried forward to the final. All the jumps were wind-assisted with the official report quoting a breeze of 3.5 to 3.7 meters per second, though wind readings on specific jumps were never released.

                        Owens won the gold medal with his fifth jump in the final (7.94). Long came back with a 7.87. Owens, of course, went 8.06 on his final jump.

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                        • #13
                          Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                          So with the above sequence of jumps, Long never was in the lead (unless if Long jumped first).

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                          • #14
                            Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                            I believe Owens took the lead from the start and held it to the finish.

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                            • #15
                              Re: PBS An American Experience: Jesse Owens

                              If Long jumped first. Owens leads after round 1, Long part of round 2, Owens end of round 2. Long retakes the lead part of round 5, only to have Owens take it back with his jump in round 5, and ice it in round 6. If the film is right about lead changing hands a few times, this may be what happened. If Owens jumped first, he leads from start to finish.

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