Rulers of the Olympics - U.S. Olympians

Rulers of the Olympics - U.S. Olympians

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12" Wooden Ruler made in U.S.A. of American-grown basswood. This ruler lists Americans who have had particular success at the Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. There are of course many great American Olympians, so we had to make some choices. The dates listed are the years of each athlete’s first and last Olympic games, if they competed in more than one. We have furthermore identified each one with the sport in which they excelled. The “head” image is of Jesse Owens, one of the all-time greats, who won 4 gold medals in track & field at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. These games in Nazi Germany were meant to support Hitler’s belief that the German "Aryan" people were the dominant race, but Owens single-handedly debunked that myth. Our illustration is based on a photograph of Owens. In the original he is wearing an Ohio State tank top.