Originally aired on: NBC
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary, which chronicles Jesse Owens’ historic performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Made by NBC Sports Films, “More than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics” draws from interviews with former Olympic teammates, historians, and family members, and it highlights the magnitude of Owens’ performance, and explores how his victories in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and long jump in Berlin inspired generations who followed him.
“More Than Gold will invite viewers inside the story of a pioneering athlete, who in the face of racial discrimination at home and the horrific theories and practices of Nazi Germany, performed at his best under immense pressure,” said Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Viewers will experience the Games through the compelling memories of Jesse’s surviving Olympic teammates, who were eye-witnesses to those events.”