‘Race’ Amazing New Movie on 1936 Olympic Champion Jesse Owens

Race New Jesse Owens Movie

In the 1930s,  Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete, quickly impresses his tremendous potential to suggest Olympic material.

However, as Jesse Owens struggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously.

When the American moral struggle about going.

Jesse Owens with his coach Larry Snyde
Jesse Owens with his coach Larry Snyde

 

Upon resolving that issue, Jesse Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Jesse Owens as the greatest of America’s Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country’s Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity.

Amid the usual fall crush of biopics comes a trailer for an especially promising one that’s opening next year. Focus Features has just put out the first promo for Race, starring Selma‘s Stephan James as Olympic athlete Owens.

Still considered one of the greatest track and field stars in history, Owens struck a blow to the notion of Aryan supremacy when he dominated at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Jeremy IronsJason Sudekis, and William Hurt also star, and Stephen Hopkins directed. Watch the Race trailer after the jump.

Yahoo depowered the first Race trailer. Get it? It’s about a race, as in an athletic event, and race, skin color.

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Jesse Owens Movie Trailer.

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Who would win in a race, Usain Bolt or Jesse Owens?

Usain Bolt, but not by the 0.4+ seconds that their personal records indicate. Owens ran on cinder tracks and wore slightly heavier shoes with a less stretch-shortening reflex than modern sprint shoes afford. But Bolt’s stride length (he takes only about 43 strides to complete some of his races compared to 46 or so for Owens) is incomparable and historic. This is coupled with a notable crural index (leg length divided by thigh length of over 1.0 – Owens and Bolt have this) which is beneficial for quick hip flexion/extension turnover.

Though neither athlete’s anthropometrics have been officially reported, guesstimates from photographs of each seem to indicate that Bolt had the better current index. With such stride length (Bolt is over 1.93 meter in height, Owen may be less than 1.83 meters) and turnover rate, and with a probable plethora of Type IIx muscle fiber motor neurons in his hips, thighs, and legs, Bolt is a true freak of nature.

He showed that (at least on the world scene) at age 16. His domination over three Olympics is unheard of (in sprinting, at least) and will probably never be equaled.

Owens may have had a slight Type IIx motor neuronal advantage over Bolt. He was quicker and more powerful out of the blocks, and coupled with his more compact form, he (given equal advantages) would probably beat Bolt in any sprint event up to about 70 meters. Owens displayed this type of power as a useful tool for the long jump, arguably his best event. His modern comparison would be Carl Lewis, who, non-coincidently, also has held the long jump world record as did Owens. But Lewis ran 9.86 with the modern luxuries afforded Bolt, who has run 9.59. In a race against Lewis and Owens, Bolt would trail for much of the race (and Owens would have a slight edge over Lewis since he was more compact and marginally more powerful).

But Bolt’s ability to accelerate mid-race is astonishing, and his top-end velocity unequaled maybe in human history. These sort of attributes allow for Bolt to stalk his opponents much of the 100-meter race and accelerate while the others have already flat-lined, which is the reason why Bolt is the greatest 200-meter runner of all time. Though he holds the world record in the 200, at 19.19, his disinterest in training probably precluded him from being the only man to break 19 seconds, a shame.

The man on the current track and field sprint scene reminiscent of Owens is Andre DeGrasse, the young Canadian sprinter who, at 1.76 meters, quick out of the blocks, has a running style and skill vaguely similar to Owens. DeGrasse has a 9.78 wind-aided best and an Olympic bronze medal in the 100 (and a silver medal in the 200).

All of the above is based on guesswork, but educated guesswork at that. Regardless, Owens is one of the top sprinters of all time, also a top athlete of all time, and the question posed here is a worthy and interesting one.

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