Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete1962-
Track and Field Athlete and Olympic Star
Birthplace: St. Louis, IL
Education: University of California at Los Angeles
Jacqueline Joyner was born in East St. Louis, IL, on March 3, 1962. She grew
Jackie competed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and won the silver medal in the heptathlon. In 1988, she surpassed her own record in the Olympic heptathlon in Seoul, South Korea, winning the gold medal and setting the world record for the event. She also won the gold medal and set the Olympic record in the long jump. She won a gold again at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Due to a hamstring injury, Joyner-Kersee withdrew from the heptathlon during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; however, she won a bronze medal for the long jump.
She joined the American Basketball League team "Richmond Rage" in 1996, and she retired from track in 1998. Jackie has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs; however, she has never failed a drug test. She overcame poverty, family tragedies, and asthma is recognized as the most outstanding female athlete ever.
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