Name: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Heptathlon, Long Jump
DOB: 3/3/1962
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Ill.
Hometown: East St. Louis, Ill.
High School: Lincoln Senior High School (East St. Louis, Ill.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996); six-time Olympic medalist (3 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronzes)
  • Los Angeles 1984, silver (heptathlon)
  • Seoul 1988, gold (long jump, heptathlon)
  • Barcelona 1992, gold (heptathlon), bronze (long jump)
  • Atlanta 1996, bronze (long jump)
Personal: Daughter of Mary and Alfred Joyner...One of four children...Won the National Junior Pentathlon championships four times during her teenage years...Attended Lincoln Senior High School where she received honors in track, basketball and volleyball...Won the USA Track & Field’s Jesse Owens Award in 1986 and 1987...Named the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated...Inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame...Created the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation and helped establish Athletes for Hope...Served on the board of USA Track & Field.