Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962 - present) is a retired American heptathlon athlete who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals over four Olympic Games.

The heptathlon consists of seven events held over 2 days, including 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw and 800m. Points are awarded for each sport and Jackie was the first to win over 7,000 points.

Jackie retired in 1996 but has been very involved in charitable organisations, helping children around America benefit from sport.

Fun fact: Jackie won a basketball scholarship to college (UCLA) but was inspired to try track while watching a 1975 film about another female athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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