This graphic nonfiction series presents true sports stories of grit, leadership, and resistance. Follow legendary athletes through their early years and as they went pro, all while pushing to change the world around them.

Jesse Owens smashed records throughout his track and field career. In 1936, he made history at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Owens won four gold medals, combating Adolf Hitler's message of Nazi superiority.

He didn’t plan for Owens, who won four gold medals, combating Hitler’s message. Along the way, Owens broke or equaled nine Olympic records and set three world records. In graphic nonfiction style, this biography takes readers from Owens’s early life to his athletic triumphs.


Blake Hoena is a writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

David Shephard is an illustrator who lives in the UK.

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