Some famous male track stars include Jesse Owens, Jim Thorpe, Bob Mathias, Rafer Johnson, Dick Fosbury, Bruce Jenner, Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson. Some famous women track stars include Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gail Devers, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Wyomia Tyus and Wilma Rudolph.
Among other famous track stars are Robert Griffin III, Louis Zamperini, Oscar Pistorius, Lola Jones, Alice Coachman, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Usain Bolt, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ashton Eaton, Allyson Felix, Jessica Ennis, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Tyson Gay, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Paula Radcliffe, Joanna Hayes, Tommie Smith, Arthur Leslie Lydiard, Eric Liddell, Marion Jones, Willie Davenport, Steve Prefontaine, Bob Hayes, Alan Page, Evelyn Ashford, Lee Evans, Edwin Moses, Barney Ewell and Kipchoge Keino.
Jesse Owens is renowned for winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He won these medals for the 100m, 200m and 400m relays, which proved dissatisfying for Hitler, who left the Olympic Stadium so that he wouldn't have to congratulate Owens. In addition, 17-year-old Bob Mathias was the youngest athlete in history to win the gold medal in the decathlon in the 1948 Olympics. He also received the Sullivan Award the same year, earning himself the title of the nation's top amateur athlete.