Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Named Big Ten Icon #3

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It is no exaggeration to say the four-gold-medal performance by Ohio State’s Jesse Owens in front of Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games was a landmark event in the history of Ohio State, the Big Ten Conference, the United States, the Olympic Games and of the 20th century.

Once known as “The Buckeye Bullet,” and eventually the world’s greatest athlete of his era, Owens has been named the No. 3 Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network. Presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday.

The episode includes new one-on-one interviews with Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Gene Smith and Owens’ daughters, Marlene and Gloria.

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