Jesse Owens’ daughter: ‘Race’ brings back (some very painful) memories

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One of Jesse Owens‘ daughters described watching a screening of “Race,” a film about the sprinter who triumphed at the Berlin 1936 Olympics, as “painful,” among other emotions.

“You do a screening, and you find yourselves exhausted because it’s so emotionally draining,” Marlene Owens Rankin said, according to the Times of London. “It’s your family’s life out there. It’s very difficult. It conjures up so many memories, good ones, bad ones, and some very painful. It makes you view it from a spectator’s perspective and it will show the kind of pressures my father had for most of his life. The fact he managed so well is, in a way, painful.”

“Race” hits theaters Feb. 19. Watch the film’s full trailer here.

The Times story detailed the myth that Adolf Hitler refused to shake hands with Owens, the winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Games.

“I don’t think he ever felt he was snubbed by Hitler,” Rankin said, according to the report, adding that Owens was more “bothered” by not being invited to the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Olympics. “He knew that Hitler might have been greeting other athletes who were medal winners, and he knew that Hitler said he would greet everyone or no one, but he did not feel individually snubbed. And I don’t think he really cared, frankly.”

Rankin also said that the families of Owens and Luz Long, the German who famously became friends with Owens during the Berlin 1936 long jump, have stayed in touch.

“It’s interesting because my son was in Germany and was in a pub with a colleague,” she said, according to the report. “He mentioned that Jesse was his grandfather. His colleague was amazed and said she wanted him to talk to someone. She got her best friend on the phone and it turned out she was Luz Long’s granddaughter.”

Rankin has publicly backed “Race” for nearly two years. She attended an international sales launch at the Berlin Olympic Stadium in February 2014, according to Variety.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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