Jesse Owens At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, track and field athlete Jesse Owens achieved international fame. He won four gold medals; one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump and as a member of the 4x100 relay team.

Every four years we watch the Olympics Games with excitement as America’s greatest¬†athletes compete against their best international competitors for a chance to bring home the gold. This year’s games are no different, as we watched members of team USA like gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Michael Phelps dominate their respective fields.¬† Members of team USA have made history time and time again, just one week into the 2012 games in London.¬† Here is a look at some of the greatest black Olympians of all time, who made both their country and their race proud while competing in the global spotlight.