"was obsessed with black athlete Jesse Owens"

Jesse Owens was a track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. At a time when racial separation and prejudice against African Americans was widespread in the USA, Owens’ participation in the Games was already controversial. His triumphant achievements made a mockery of the white supremacy ideals of Hitler.

Owens was the first African American to be offered a sponsorship deal by Adidas shoes.