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Track and Field Athlete
Jackie Joyner was born on March 3rd, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois. She came from a family well know for its athleticism as she was the younger sister of Olympic track and field star Al Joyner, and sister-in-law of the late track star Florence Griffith Joyner. Not only did she overcome asthma to become a world heptathlon record holder, but she won several Olympic medals as well. In high school she was a basketball and track star, gaining an athletic scholarship to UCLA. She achieved her B.A. in History and in 1986 married Bob Kersee.
Perhaps Jackies greatest personal victory came when she became the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the long jump. She made history at the 1988 Olympics. She also won the silver for the heptathlon in 1984, and the bronze in the long jump in 1992. Although she retired after the Goodwill games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998, Jackie Joyner-Kersee still holds the world record in the long jump at 24 feet and 7 inches. She has since founded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Community Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth.
Source: Biography.com, IAAF
Additional Learning Links
International Association of Athletics Federations
Check out this multimedia presentation on Jackie Joyner Kersee from the Association of Athletics. Click on the links on the left to find other athletes.
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