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How 7 actors who played Olympians in movies compare to the real-life athletes

Business Insider India Logo By Erin McDowell of Business Insider India | Slide 1 of 7: Owens specialized in sprinting and the long jump but almost didn't compete in the 1936 Olympics after Black American athletes were criticized for participating in the games in Berlin, amidst a rising Nazi influence. He ultimately won four gold medals."When Owens finished competing, the African-American son of a sharecropper and the grandson of slaves had single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy," ESPN's Larry Schwartz reported.Stephan James won a Canadian Screen Award for best actor for his portrayal of Owens in "Race." He told Olympics.com in 2017 that he trained with track coaches twice a day for three months to copy Owens' style."I had to train exactly like he did in 1933. Jesse Owens did not have the luxury of all the technology of today… And he wore shoes with two inch nails in the bottom and he was running in dirt," he said.By the end of filming, James could run 100 meters in 12 seconds."Eventually I was running like him so much I didn't know if there was any other way to run," he added.

Stephan James played four time track gold medalist Jesse Owens in the 2016 film Race.

Owens specialized in sprinting and the long jump but almost didn't compete in the 1936 Olympics after Black American athletes were criticized for participating in the games in Berlin, amidst a rising Nazi influence. He ultimately won four gold medals.

"When Owens finished competing, the African-American son of a sharecropper and the grandson of slaves had single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy," ESPN's Larry Schwartz reported.

Stephan James won a Canadian Screen Award for best actor for his portrayal of Owens in "Race." He told Olympics.com in 2017 that he trained with track coaches twice a day for three months to copy Owens' style.

"I had to train exactly like he did in 1933. Jesse Owens did not have the luxury of all the technology of today… And he wore shoes with two inch nails in the bottom and he was running in dirt," he said.

By the end of filming, James could run 100 meters in 12 seconds.

"Eventually I was running like him so much I didn't know if there was any other way to run," he added.

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