Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born on the 3rd of March 1962, in East St. Louis, Illinois; she was more commonly known as Jackie.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a retired American athlete. She is ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women’s heptathlon and as well as in the women long jump. She earned three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals in two different events.
Olympic Games• 1988 Seoul - Heptathlon - Gold• 1988 Seoul - Long jump - Gold• 1992 Barcelona - Heptathlon - Gold• 1984 Los Angeles - Heptathlon - Silver • 1992 Barcelona - Long jump - Bronze• 1996 Atlanta - Long jump - Bronze
World Championships• 1987 Rome - Long jump - Gold • 1987 Rome - Heptathlon - Gold • 1991 Tokyo - Long jump - Gold • 1993 Stuttgart - Heptathlon - Gold
Pan American Games• 1987 Indianapolis - Long jump - Gold
Jackie Joyner-Kersee was voted by the Sports Illustrated for Women magazine as the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century”. Her brother is the Olympic champion triple jumper, Al Joyner, who was married to the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, another Olympic track champion.
In 1986, Jackie married Bob Kersee, her track coach. Jackie established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in 1988. This foundation provided youth, adults, and their families with the resources to improve their quality of life.
In 2007, Jackie along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, and other remarkable athletes founded the “Athletes for Hope”, a charitable organization which aids professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspire million of other non-athletes to voluntarily support the community.