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8 Persons awarded the Jesse Owens Award:

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Awarded to the top track and field athlete.

Carl Lewis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Carlton Lewis
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Specializing in sprint and long jump. Won 10 Olympic medals including 9 Olympic Gold Medal wins. 10 World Championships medals, 8 of which were gold.
New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1999.
Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2005.
New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2001.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2001.
Jesse Owens Award 1982.
Jesse Owens Award 1991.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Gail Devers

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Yolanda Gail Devers
Birth Date:
Age today:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A three-time Olympic Gold Medal.
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1999.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame 2012.
Breitbard Hall of Fame 2006.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2011.
Jesse Owens Award 1993.
Jesse Owens Award 1996.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Jacqueline Joyner
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1988.
Olympic Gold Medal 1992. Won in heptathlon and long jump. Also competed in 1984 and 1996.
California Sports Hall of Fame 2007.
International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 2003.
National High School Hall of Fame 1989.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame.
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1996.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.
Dick Enberg Award 2011.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004.
Jesse Owens Award 1986.
Jesse Owens Award 1987.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6683 Delmar Boulevard.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Joan Benoit
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won the Boston marathon twice, and Olympic gold in the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984 at Los Angeles. Married Samuelson.
Books:International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1999.
National Distance Running Hall of Fame 1998.
Boys and Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame.
Maine Women's Hall of Fame 2000.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004.
Jesse Owens Award 1984.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Marion Jones

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Marion Lois Jones
Also Known As:
Marion Jones-Thompson
Birth Date:
Age today:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Track and field champion, caught using steroids. Convicted of lying about steroid use, sentenced to 6 months prison. Surrendered Olympic medals.
Jesse Owens Award 1997.
Jesse Owens Award 1998.
Jesse Owens Award 2002.

Meb Keflezighi

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Mebrahtom Keflezighi
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Marathon silver medal 2004 Olympics. American long distance runner. American 10,000 meter record holder.
Jesse Owens Award 2014.

Michael Johnson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Michael Duane Johnson
Birth Date:
Age today:
49, 27 days before his 50th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1992 in the 4x400 relay, Olympic Gold Medal 1996 in the 200m and 400m dash, Olympic Gold Medal 2000 in the 400m event.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004.
United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Jesse Owens Award 1994.
Jesse Owens Award 1995.
Jesse Owens Award 1996.
Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Willie Banks

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Augustus Banks III
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Triple jump, high jump.
Breitbard Hall of Fame 1988.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1999.
UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame 1991.
Jesse Owens Award 1985.
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