Ancient and Modern Olympic Athletes

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[Type text] Prince Riley 12/3/2007 Ancient and Modern Olympic Athletes Even though the Ancient Olympics that took place back in the city of Olympia and the modern Olympic games of today are almost completely different, we still can see similarities between a modern times athlete like Jesse Owens and an athlete like Milo of Kroton who was from the ancient Olympic era. Milo of Kroton and Jesse Owens have many similarities when it comes to the economic status they both were raised in, the impact & level of their Olympic achievements, and also how both athletes choose to put on displays of their unrivaled abilities. But even though Jesse Owens and Milo of Kroton have many similarities they also differ in many ways. Milo of Kroton and Jesse Owens had very different training regimens for their respective sports, their lifestyle beyond and after their sports career also differed, and finally both Milo of Kroton and Jesse Owens faced adversities competing in the Olympic Games, but the type of adversities they faced were of completely different nature. In comparison both Jesse Owens and Milo of Kroton both were not born into very luxurious lifestyles. Jesse Owens was one of seven children that were born to 2
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[Type text] Prince Riley 12/3/2007 Henry and Emma Owens in the small town of Oakville, Alabama. Jesse’s family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was 9 years old in the hopes that his father Henry would be able to find a better job and be able to better support the family. During Jesse’s early adolescent life he had to take many odd jobs including delivering groceries, loading freight cars, and also working in a shoe repair shop. Even though Milo was born in the prosperous city of Kroton he like Jesse Owens was also not born into a wealthy family or any type of nobility. It was only after his Olympic accomplishments that Milo was able to gain a substantial amount of wealth and prosperity. Even though both Jesse Owens and Milo of Kroton were not born into wealth it did not stop either of them from achieving Olympic greatness and achieving two of the greatest Olympic feats in the history of both the ancient and modern games. Jesse Owens started his athletic career at Fairview Junior High school and was discovered after running a 60 yard dash in gym class by the track coach Charles Riley who instantly decided to put Owens on the track team. Charles Riley stayed coaching Owens into high school. It was there at East Technical High school in Cleveland where Owens showed his first signs of becoming a star athlete when he 3
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[Type text] Prince Riley 12/3/2007 tied the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100 yard dash. Jesse Owens went on to run at Ohio State University and continue his dominance in the sport of track and field. At Ohio State University Owens won eight individual NCAA championships,
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