Jesse Williams has spent a majority of his career being ranked in the top 10 in the world and has been a member of the 2008 and 2012 United States Olympic Teams. Jesse forever put his stamp on the high jump with his gold medal at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships. It was the first high jump medal by an American man at the World Championships since 1991 and the first global medal since Charles Austin won the 1996 Olympic Games. For his spectacular year Williams became the first ever high jumper to win the Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award from USA Track & Field.
He qualified for his first World Championships team in 2005; the same year he turned in a clutch performance at the DN Galan Meet in Stockholm when he set a then personal best performance of 2.30m/7-06.50. As he cleared the height on his second attempt, the public address announcer exclaimed "Welcome to Helsinki!" (the site of the 2005 World Outdoor Championships).
His best performance came in 2011 when he earned his second USA Outdoor Championship by jumping 2.37m/7-09.25. Competing for Broughton HS in Raleigh, N.C., Williams set the state indoor and outdoor high jump records. He was fourth at the 2002 World Junior Championships. He also long jumped, hurdled and wrestled in high school and was fifth at the North Carolina state wrestling.