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Owens remains the ultimate Olympian

Updated: August 6, 2011, 12:01 AM ET
By Jeremy Schaap | Special to ESPN.com

On June 19, 1936, six weeks before the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin, a washed-up former heavyweight champion named Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis, the top-ranked contender who had seemed indestructible.

It was big news, a propaganda boon for the Third Reich, which had never embraced Schmeling because everyone, even the Germans, assumed Louis would crush him. But Schmeling had detected a flaw in Louis' style -- he would drop his guard after ...

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