Jeff Henderson claimed Olympic gold in the long jump Saturday night. He’s the first American to win that event since 2004, though the U.S. has won long jump gold 22 of the 28 times it’s been contested at the Olympics. And this is probably the first time you’re hearing his name.
A lot of times, sports memorabilia can feel like low-stakes archaeology—amusing, but vacant of context to the world beyond sports. Jesse Owens is one of the exceptions.