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FILE - In this 1936 file photo, Jesse Owens of the United States runs in a 200-meter preliminary heat at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed up Adolph Hitler's idea of Aryan supremacy. The Olympic games are supposed to rise above political interests, but an undertone of politics has been present at every Olympics going back at least to the 1936 games. (AP Photo/File)

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 14, 1936, file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. One of the four Olympic gold medals won by Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is for sale in an online auction that runs from through Dec. 7. (AP Photo/File)

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** FILE ** In this Aug. 14, 1936, file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. One of the four Olympic gold medals won by Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is for sale in an online auction that runs from through Dec. 7. (AP Photo/File)

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Ralph Metcalfe helped the U.S. win the 400-meter relay in Berlin in 1936 with a new world-record time of 39.8 seconds. The members of the team — (from left) Jesse Owens, Metcalfe, Foy Draper and Frank Wykoff — delivered a message to Adolf Hitler. Metcalfe finished second in the 100-meter dash behind Owens. (Associated Press)