There are unique virtues found in the individual pursuit of greatness. While this pursuit is often one of solitude, the expression of these virtues can connect us all. This is Wrestling.
While Jesse Owens never wrestled on the mat, HE WAS A WRESTLER.
Jesse Owens represents the Olympian ideal to unify the world through sport. Owens not only had to overcome systemic racism in his own country, but he had to compete in the epicenter of the Nazi Regime. His triumph sent a message to the world when he received gold in 4 events. The stadium was not silent, but erupted in applause.
Owens exemplified what it means to be an American Hero.