Track And Field Star, Jackie Joyner Kersee Was Born March 3, 1962, In East St. Louis, Illinois.
Joyner-Kersee Attended UCLA, Where She Starred In Both Track And Basketball From 1980-1985. She was honored On February 21, 1998 As One Of The 15 Greatest Players In UCLA Women's Basketball.
One Of the Greatest Female Athletes In History, She Won A Silver Medal In The Heptathlon In The 1984 Olympics And Gold Medals In the 1988 and 1992 Games. She Also Won A Gold Medal In The Long Jump In 1988 And A Bronze At The 1992 Olympics.
Joyner-Kersee Is The Heptathlon World Record-Holder And American Record-Holder In The Long Jump. Joyner-Kersee Was The First Woman To Score Over 7,000 Points In A Heptathlon Event (During The 1986 Goodwill Games). In 1986, She Received The James E. Sullivan Award As the Top Amateur Heptathlete In The United States.
After Her Retirement, She Started The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation To Encourage Kids In her Underprivileged Hometown To Play Sports.
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