Great Olympians

Biographies - JOY

John Joyce

Olympic Competitor nr 2110

Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee

B. 1962-03-06, East St-Louis, Ill, USA
Track and Field (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
1984 1988 1992 1996 HP
Long Jump fifth gold bronze bronze 23475
Heptathlon silver gold gold 37800

Her mother had named her after the Mrs. Kennedy because she knew her daughter would later become 'first lady' at something. At college, after she had already set the Illinois long jump record, she concentrated on basketball, until she met Bob Kersee, who pushed her back to track and field and whom she married on 11/1/1986. In 1986, she set two world heptathlon records and in 1987 became world champion with a third and still only total over 7000 points. Also in 1988 she took a share of the world long jump record.
Injury prevented her from competing in the Atlanta heptathlon.
She had an unsuccessful stint in Professional Basketball after Atlanta but returned to the track early in 1997.
World Champion at Long Jump in 1987 and 1991, at heptathlon in 1987 and 1993.

Written 2001-05-23 - last modified 2011-08-17

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