The American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980) is considered to be one of the most important athletes through all times. He was the first in his family who went to college and there he participated in the school's athletics team, coach Larry Snyder saw his talent early. In the biographical drama Race, we follow Jesse Owen's career, especially his success at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, where the colored athlete's profits were not seen with kind eyes from the leading Nazis. The film also shows the United States ambivalence before the Olympics in Berlin. It was a long time doubtful whether the United States would participate or not. Avery Brundage (Jeremy Irons), a member of the US Olympic Committee, was sent to Germany to investigate the truth behind the rumors of the Nazis' treatment of Jews. After his visit, the Committee votes with a small margin for a participation.