Owens was "born special"

Jeremy Schaap chronicles the life and times of Jesse Owens in "Triumph."
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Updated: March 6, 2007, 11:28 AM ET
By Jeremy Schaap | Special to Page 2


Editor's Note: Excerpted with permission from "Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Ownens and Hitler's Olympics" by Jeremy Schaap published by Houghton Mifflin in February. Copyright © 2007 by Jeremy Schaap. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

Chapter Two: Out of Alabama CLEVELAND: 1929

The legs. They were what Charles Riley first noticed. They were perfect. Before he knew the boy's name, before he knew whether he could run, before anything else, there ...

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