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By David Keene
Most Americans get their kicks from their own game
Topic - Jesse Owens
Mel Patton, a double gold medal-winning sprinter at the 1948 London Olympics, has died. He was 89.
One of track star Jesse Owens’ gold medals, won during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin at a time when Nazi propaganda was putting forth a message of Ayran supremacism, has been put up for online auction.
In Sydney, you can swim in the same pool where Ian Thorpe won five Olympic medals in 2000. In Berlin, you can pose for photos in the stadium where Jesse Owens won four gold medals in 1936. In Lake Placid, N.Y., you can skate on the same rink where Eric Heiden speed-skated his way to five golds in 1980.
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee told the institution's largest graduating class that a scandal in its celebrated football program is "but a temporary condition."
Bob Costas wondered what Jesse Owens could have done with more opportunity, but he also declared Bolt the best.
Evoking the memories of great Ohio State athletes of the past, including football's Archie Griffin and track Olympian Jesse Owens, he said: "Let no one harbor any doubt that the history of this place is enduring and sustaining. Ohio Stadium stands today as it will ever more."