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Born to Run

From Jesse Owens to Usain Bolt. When success is a matter of milliseconds. A look back to some of the highest profile competitions at the Games.

Featuring the Lightning Bolt, the Man with the Golden Shoes, the Son of the Wind, the Buckeye Bullet and other legendary sprinters.

What else can I do to prove I am the greatest? I'm trying to be one of the greatest, to be among Ali and Pele.

Usain Bolt, Athletics, JAM

In my race, there's 10 hurdles, but in life, there is always a hurdle. There is always something you gotta get over, and it's what you do, you know.

Gail Devers - Athletics, Athletics, USA

Gail Devers - Athletics

Athletics, USA
I'm so fortunate to have done what I love to do for so long, but the day I retired was one of the best days of my life. Not because I was happy to get away from the sport, but because it was clear in my mind that I had done all I possibly could, and that it was time to go.

Carl Lewis - Athletics, Athletics, USA

Carl Lewis - Athletics

Athletics, USA
I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.

Jesse Owens, Athletics, USA