Luz wanted Owens to do his best in the finals, even if that meant his own defeat. How does it reflect the theme of Owens’ autobiographical account “My Greatest Olympic Prize”?
Jesse Owens’ autobiographical writing ‘My Greatest Olympic Prize’ celebrates the themes of true friendship and true sportsmanship. It is an account of his friendship with Luz Long, his German rival in the board jump event in Berlin Olympics 1936.
When Jesse was struggling to qualify for the finals making fouls in the trial jumps, Luz Long came forward to encourage him and helped him qualify with valuable tips. From that moment they became close friends. Luz Long even wanted Jesse to try his best to win the gold medal. He was happy to risk his own chance of victory to see his friend happy.
How often do we see a rival wishing his counterpart to do his best, even if it means his own defeat? Moreover, there was the racial rivalry. So, quite evidently, this friendly attitude of Luz Long reflects the themes of the story — true friendship and sportsman spirit.