October 25, 2014
The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the
world championships are held in Berlin this month.
USA Track and Field announced Wednesday that the organization,
along with the IAAF and Berlin Organizing Committee, will pay tribute to Owens on Aug. 22. His granddaughter, Marlene Hemphill Dortch, will attend the ceremony.
The U.S. team plans to wear a uniform with the initials of Owens.
The organizations also will honor former German long jump great Luz Long, who befriended Owens at the Berlin Games. Dortch and Long's son, Kai, will present the long jump medals.
Owens died of lung cancer in 1980.